Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security


Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) receives funding from the Social Security Administration for the PABSS program.

The purpose of this program is to make protection and advocacy services available to disabled beneficiaries of the Social Security Act. To do this, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration makes payments in each State to the protection and advocacy system established pursuant to part C of Title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. §15001).

This program can only serve beneficiaries of the Social Security Act who have disabilities.

The PABSS program can provide the following services:

  1. Information and advice about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services; and
  1. Advocacy or other services that a disabled beneficiary may need to secure or regain gainful employment.

PABSS is authorized in:

  • 42 USC §1320b-21, P.L. 106-170
    First Authorization: Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

PABSS is administered and regulated by:

  • Social Security Administration
    Disability and Income Security Programs (DISP)
    6401 Security Blvd., 107 Altmeyer, Baltimore, MD 21235
    Phone: (410) 965-8658, Fax: (410) 966-1278

Additional Links:

Social Security Administration


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Watch the videos from PATV’s “Hello It’s Us”. Hosts Terry and Keith talk with DRI staff members John Gish, Emmanuel Smith, Kelly Gibbs and Mistie Johson about the services DRI provides to Beneficiaries of Social Security.