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					                                               Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry,
How Do I Contact a                             Knox, Macon, MaCoupin, Mason, McDonough,
                                               Menard, Mercer, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike,
PABSS Advocate?                                Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Warren, Shelli Brown:
                                               Alexander, Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Johnson,           DO YOU GET SSI
If you need advocacy or legal                  Madison, Massac, Monroe, Pulaski, Randolph, St.

services concerning work issues,               Clair, and Union) 1-866-390-6771            (V)         OR SSDI?
contact your statewide PABSS                   312-814-5050 (TTY)
project at:
                                               Illinois Department of Human                            DO YOU WANT
Equip for Equality, Inc.                       Services—Office of                                      TO WORK?
                                               Rehabilitation Services
PABSS Project                                                                                          Helping People Return to Work
                                               Michelle Lawrence 630/530-4401
                                               Northern Suburban Cook County.
1-800-537-2632-voice                           Janice Miller: 217/ 558-6275, Bond,                     Benefits Planning,
                                               Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford,
1-800-610-2779-TTY                             Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette,                Assistance and
                                               Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper,           Outreach (BPA&O)
-----------------------------------            Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Montgomery, Perry,
                                               Pope, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Wabash,
                                               Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson.
                                                                                                            Mayor’s Office for People
How Do I Contact a                             Kaylee Raymond 217/558-6326,                                  with Disabilities (City of
BPA&0 Planner?                                 Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford,                      Chicago)
                                               Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, Logan, Marshall,

The BPAO Project has divided
                                               McLean, Peoria, Piatt, Putnam, Stark, Tazwell,               Illinois Department of
                                               Vermillion, Woodford.            Rebecca
the state geographically. To                                                                                 Human Services-Office of
                                               Peters: 815/ 599-0760 Boone, Bureau,
contact your local Benefits                    Carroll, DeKalb, JoDavies, Lee, Ogle, Rock
                                                                                                             Mental Health
Counselor:                                     Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago.
                                               e-mail: benplan@dhs.state.il.us                              Illinois Department of
Mayor’s Office for People w/                                                                                 Human Services- Office of
Disabilities (City of Chicago: Laura           Toll-Free (800) 807-6962                                      Rehabilitation Services
Jamison, Jocelyn Romasanta, Robert Rosen))
1-312-746-5743 –voice                          Toll-Free TTY (866) 444-8013                            Protection and
1-312-746-5713 - TTY                                                                                   Advocacy for
                                               A large print or Braille translation of this pamphlet

Illinois Department of Human                   can be provided upon request. This publication          Beneficiaries of Social
                                               was made possible by a grant from the Social
Services—Office of Mental                      Security Administration. The contents of this
                                                                                                       Security (PABSS)
Health (Jerome Jones: South Suburban Cook,     publication are the sole responsibility of the
Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Shirley Morley: West   authors and do not represent the official views of           Equip for Equality, Inc.
Suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane,Kendall, Lake,
                                               the Social Security Administration.
McHenry, Kenneth Denny: Adams, Brown, Cass,
                                        attorney and advocate who are       PABSS: If you decide to return
                                        able to provide legal and           to work, you may need
Benefits Planning,                      advocacy assistance with return     advocacy or legal assistance
Assistance and                          to work issues.                     with return to work issues. The
                                                                            PABSS Program can assist you
Outreach                                How Can These Projects              with these issues. Such issues
The Benefits Planning, Assistance       Help Me?                            might include accessing
and Outreach (BPA&O) Project                                                needed services, supports, and
is a federally-funded initiative to     These Projects are for people       accommodations. If you are
educate and assist individuals          with disabilities who receive       planning on returning to work
with disabilities receiving             either Supplemental Security        and are currently using
SSI/SSDI, and those who support         Income (SSI) or Social Security     vocational rehabilitation
them, to anticipate and plan for        Disability Insurance (SSDI) or      services, you may need
changes that may occur in their         both. The Social Security           advocacy assistance in dealing
state and federal benefits as a         Administration has many ―Work       with your provider. There is no
result of employment. These             Incentives‖ that may make it        cost for these services.
benefits include SSI/SSDI,              worthwhile for you to go back to
Medicaid, Medicare, TANF,               work.                               What Should I Do If I
Food Stamps, subsidized                                                     Want to Return to Work
                                        BPA&O: The BPA&O staff can
housing, worker’s                                                           But I Am Afraid of
                                        explain the ―Work Incentives‖
compensation, and                                                           Losing My Benefits?
                                        programs of Social Security.
unemployment benefits.
                                        There is a possibility that you
                                        may no longer need to rely on       If you want to return to work but
Protection and                                                              are afraid about what will
                                        Social Security. A trained
Advocacy for                            Benefits Specialist will sit down   happen to your state and
Beneficiaries of Social                 with you and gather information     federal benefits, you should
                                        that can help you know what         contact a Benefits Specialist to
Security                                                                    set up an appointment. They
                                        will happen when you begin
The Protection and Advocacy             working. The Specialist will help   will inform you about the
for Beneficiaries of Social             you understand the effects          different “Work Incentives” such
Security is a federally funded          working may have on your            as the one that allows you to
initiative to assist beneficiaries of   federal and state benefits and      keep your Medicaid or
Social Security who are trying to       let you decide what you want        Medicare benefits while you
return to or begin working. This        to do. There is no cost to          work. With this information, you
Project is staffed by a licensed        consumers for this service.         can make an informed decision
                                                                            about going to work.