Youth in Transition

About Disability Benefit Specialists

The Disability Benefit Specialist program is a service of the Aging and Disability Resource Center which is administered by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Disability Benefit Specialists are trained in the areas of benefits and entitlement programs, as well as other issues. They can begin working with a youth aged 17 years and 9 months. Disability Benefit Specialist services are confidential. The Disability Benefit Specialist will not disclose information without the informed consent of the customer. There is no charge for the services a Disability Benefit Specialist provides.

How can a Disability Benefit Specialist help you?

o Provide information on public and private benefits and programs
o Assist in determining eligibility for benefits and programs you may be entitled to
o Assist in the completion of applications for benefits, programs and services
o Provide assistance in obtaining or retaining benefits and services
o Provide referrals, assistance and support on other matters including disability rights and the impact of earnings on financial eligibility for public benefits
o In some cases, you may receive representation in formal appeals related to denials of eligibility, termination of benefits or overpayment of public and private benefits.

What programs can a Disability Benefit Specialist help with?

o Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
o Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
o Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
o Medicare, including Part Do Prescription drug assistance
o FoodShare
o Insurance issues
o Housing and utility issues
o Low-income tax credits

How do I contact the Disability Benefit Specialist?

Please call the ADRC at 608-723-6113 to be connected with your local Disability Benefit Specialist.