Adult TANF SSI/SSDI Advocacy

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Achieving better outcomes for adult TANF participants with disabilities and cost savings for agencies

Adult TANF SSI/SSDI Advocacy

According to a recent report from the United States Census, 19 percent of the population – nearly one out of five people – has some type of disability.1 Among Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) participants, the rate is even higher: it is estimated that as many as 44 percent report chronic health problems or disabilities.2 Ensuring these individuals are properly assessed and matched with work they can successfully perform, or guided through the application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if they cannot work, is critical to helping them become self-sufficient. With more than 15 years working directly with TANF participants potentially eligible for SSI/SSDI, MAXIMUS is highly qualified to provide SSI/SSDI advocacy services for disabled TANF populations.

The MAXIMUS approach involves partnering with state and local TANF programs to identify and work with disabled participants who are potentially eligible for SSI/SSDI benefits.

Achieve Better Outcomes for Participants and Cost Savings for Your Agency

Providing early assessment and SSI/SSDI benefits advocacy services for TANF participants with disabilities are keys to helping them move towards family self-sufficiency. Just as importantly, doing so can help both participants and state and local governments alike realize significant benefits, including:

  • Providing for ongoing financial stability through SSI/SSDI benefits
  • Protecting limited benefits funds for other eligible participants
  • Maximizing federal and state resources
  • Achieving significant cost savings

1 U.S. Census Bureau
https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html

2 U.S. Social Security Administration – Office of Policy
http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v65n3/v65n3p14.html