What is Advocacy?
Every day disabled clients are denied Social Security Disability Benefits. Many of these clients need help making it through the maze of the Social Security system. Advocacy services help clients find their way through the Social Security application process more effectively.
Who can receive Advocacy Services?
If you are a disabled General Assistance or CalWORKs client and are applying for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or have been denied SSI, you may be eligible for Advocacy Services. SSI eligibility is based on age (65 or older), blindness or disability.
Will Advocacy services help me apply for SSI?
If you are eligible for Advocacy Services, an Advocacy Eligibility Worker will help you with the SSI application process including assisting you with completing the SSI application forms and sending the application to Social Security. The Advocacy Worker will interview you in order to gather social, physical, mental and emotional health information about you to construct a Social Summary report to submit to Social Security on your behalf.
After my SSI application is filed, what other services are available?
The Advocacy Worker will help you obtain medical and or mental health records, schedule and keep appointments, and follow through with the many steps involved in the long journey to SSI eligibility.
Where can I apply?
If you, or someone you know, are in need of Advocacy Services, please contact (530) 527-1911 and ask for the SSI Advocate