Income Assistance

Maine Resources​

Maine Public Employees Retirement System: http://www.msrs.org/

Includes Maine State Disability for State employees, public school teachers (including school administrators and other licensed/certified staff), employees of municipalities and other public entities called participating local districts (PLDs), legislators, and judges.

MainePERS Benefits- http://www.msrs.org/benefits.htm

Maine Public Employees Retirement System: http://www.msrs.org/

Includes Maine State Disability for State employees, public school teachers (including school administrators and other licensed/certified staff), employees of municipalities and other public entities called participating local districts (PLDs), legislators, and judges.

MainePERS Benefits- http://www.msrs.org/benefits.htm

The Social Security Administration: http://www.ssa.gov

Responsible for two major programs that provide benefits based on disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on prior work under Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under SSI, payments are made on the basis of financial need.

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST): http://best.ssa.gov/

Helps people identify any benefits for which they may be eligible. It takes only a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire. No identifying information is requested (such as your name or Social Security number) and all information is erased when you exit the site.

Find your Social Security Office: https://s044a90.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp

National Resources​

The Social Security Administration: http://www.ssa.gov

Responsible for two major programs that provide benefits based on disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on prior work under Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under SSI, payments are made on the basis of financial need.

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST): http://best.ssa.gov/

Helps people identify any benefits for which they may be eligible. It takes only a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire. No identifying information is requested (such as your name or Social Security number) and all information is erased when you exit the site.

Find your Social Security Office: https://s044a90.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp

How to apply for Disability Benefits:
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Understanding SSI: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/text-understanding-ssi.htm

Disability Report Tool: http://www.ssa.gov/disabilityformhelp/
This wizard takes you through the process of filing a new adult disability claim (SSA-3368).

Social Security Disability Secrets: http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/

The purpose of this site is to distribute information that, nine times out of ten, is impossible to get from the person taking your claim for Disability and ssi benefits offered through the Social Security Administration.

How to figure your Retirement Benefit: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/index.htm

The "Blue Book": http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/
Provides disability definitions and medical criteria for evaluating Social Security disability claims.

Representing Clients: http://www.ssa.gov/representation/

Information about Social Security's hearings and appeals process.

Social Security Administration's Office of Employment Support Programs: http://www.ssa.gov/work/

Sections for youth with disabilities, consumer employment, and information on the Ticket to Work program.

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