PABSS Program

PABSS Goals and Priorities: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

DRC-NH receives PABSS funds to assist beneficiaries of social security with barriers to employment. DRC-NH helps with disability related legal issues in the priority areas outlined below.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Program

Provide counseling and advice to beneficiaries of social security with barriers to employment.

Provide limited or full representation to beneficiaries of social security with disabilities regarding barriers to employment. Below are examples of the types of cases DRC-NH will consider:

  • Access to transition services related to employment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Access to supported employment services from community mental health centers
  • Access to supported employment services from area agencies
  • Access to vocational rehabilitation services
  • Egregious violations of rights in other employment areas after informal efforts to resolve the problem have been unsuccessful

In accepting cases for limited or full representation, DRC-NH will consider the following:

  • Does the individual meet eligibility criteria?
  • Does the case have legal merit?
  • Do we have the capacity, funding and expertise to provide quality representation?
  • Does the case fit within our priorities?
  • What is the likelihood that our advocacy would make a positive difference to people with disabilities?
  • Would our advocacy result in services being provided in a more integrated setting?

Ensure policy makers are aware of the impact of laws and regulations on the employment rights of and issues impacting beneficiaries of social security.

  • Educate on the impact of proposed legislation on the employment rights of and issues impacting beneficiaries of social security in NH as resources allow.
  • Educate on the impact of proposed regulations on the employment rights of and issues impacting beneficiaries of social security in NH as resources allow.

Communicate to people with disabilities, family members and others regarding access to employment.

  • Conduct outreach and training with priority given to:
    • Empowering people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves
    • Assisting DRC-NH to reach underserved groups and communities
    • Training and outreach focused on the North Country
  • Communicate via DRC-NH e-news, RAP Sheet, social and traditional media, website, brochures and other written materials. Priority will be given to the development of written materials in areas where we are not providing representation.

Ensure DRC-NH collaborates with other groups and organizations on employment rights and issues impacting people with disabilities via committee work.

  • State Rehabilitation Council
  • Long Term Care Advisory Committee
  • National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Elder Rights Coalition
  • Access to Justice
  • NH Bar Association – Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section
  • Medical Care Advisory Committee