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I Have Disabilities and I Want to Work: Benefits Advisors

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project LSC Funded

7408EN - This publication is for people who live in Washington state, have Social Security disability-based benefits, Medicare, SSI-related Medicaid or long term care services, or other disability based benefits and want to work.

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Should I read this?

Yes, if:

  • You live in Washington state AND

  • You have Social Security disability-based benefits, Medicare, SSI-related Medicaid or long term care services, or other disability based benefits AND

  • You want to work

What is a benefits advisor?

Social Security and other programs have trained advisors to give you expert advice on your benefits so you do not do something that could put them at risk.

How do I find a benefits advisor?

View the list of the programs that provide these advisors and how to contact them. This list can be found here: http://www.gowise.org/

Some programs are available only for specific groups. These are the program categories:

  • You have a developmental disability

  • You get SSI or SSDI

  • You are a client of the Department of Services for the Blind

  • You use a behavioral health specialist

  • A few other special categories

*The Social Security Administration funds Community Work incentives Coordinators. You can use one of these specialists if there is no other category that describes you or is not as appropriate.

 

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This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice.
This information is current as of June 2015.

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Last Review and Update: Jun 09, 2015