Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security

Who is eligible for PABSS services?
The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program provides free legal assistance to people with disabilities who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplementary Security Income (SSI) and who are encountering barriers in their efforts to become employed, or to receive employment related training and services. PABSS was created through the Ticket to Work Act, but you do not need to be using your Ticket to be eligible for PABSS services.

What services do we provide?

Disability Advocates, Inc. provides a wide range of services under the PABSS program, including advocacy and advice regarding the following:

Employment discrimination on the basis of disability
Disputes with Employment Networks under the Ticket- to-Work program
Accommodations that you may need in order to work
Transportation, housing and debt problems that are affecting your ability to work or get training and education
Social Security Administration decisions involving overpayments, work-related issues and Continuing Disability Review determinations
Barriers to getting the training or education you need to get the job you want
Health care benefits problems affecting your employability
There is no charge for our services.

What region do we cover?
Disability Advocates, Inc. provides direct representation under the PABSS program only to individuals located in the following counties.
Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington.

How do you contact us?
Call or write:

Disability Advocates, Inc.
5 Clinton Square, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 432-7861 (voice and TTY)
(518) 427-6561 (fax)
(800) 993-8982 (toll-free)
[email protected]

Does the PABSS program serve everyone who is eligible?
Due to limited resources, Disability Advocates cannot serve every person who seeks our assistance. Cases are accepted based on merit and available staff and resources.

What other resources for PABSS services are available?

Other Regional New York State PABSS offices:

New York City Region
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001-4007
(212) 244-4664
(212) 244-3692 (TTY)
New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

Western New York Region
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
295 Main Street
Ellicott Square Building, Room 495
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 847-0650
(716) 847-1322 (TTY)
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties

Central New York and Southern Tier Region
Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.
The Empire Building
472 South Salina Street, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 475-3127
(866) 475-9967 (toll free)
(866) 475-3210 (TTY)
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins Counties

If you seek PABSS services outside of New York State, please click here for information about PABSS services that may be available in your state.