Work & Benefits Counseling
We want to bust through the myth that people with disabilities will lose their federal and state benefits and medical insurance if they go to work.
It can be confusing to wade through the paperwork and legal jargon associated with government benefits. Our team is ready to help you reach your personal goals and supply you with the tools and information you need to make important decisions about your future.
Abilitree’s work and benefits counseling services are available to any person who receives Social Security, federal, and state benefits.
How can Abilitree help me?
- We’ll help you make informed decisions about using work incentives to achieve your employment goals.
- We can assist you in navigating the state and federal benefits system once you begin working.
- We’ll walk you through the steps for managing your benefits, maximizing your earnings, and reducing potential overpayments.
- We can provide general information on the SSDI Phases of the Transition to Work, the SSI calculation to determine the monthly reduction of SSI when working, and general work incentives and how you can apply for them.
What can I expect?
- Benefits counseling can be confusing. We’ll meet you wherever you are on the journey with compassion and non-judgment.
- We’ll assess your current benefits package and provide you with information that can help maximize the amount you earn and guide you towards more self-sufficiency.
How do I get started?
Whether you are pursuing work on your own or receiving vocational rehabilitation services, benefits counseling services are available to you.
To access our benefits counseling services, please ask for a referral from Vocational Rehabilitation, Full Access High Desert Brokerage, Deschutes County Developmental Disabilities, Deschutes County Mental Health, Youth Transition Programs, or other job development agencies. You may also contact Jill Hannemann directly at 541-388-8103 x 206.
Abilitree also offers electronic website meetings and mail correspondence.