SMCIL has programs to help people learn self-advocacy skills.
We provide advocacy related workshops where people can learn together how the various systems work utilizing self-advocacy skills. Individuals can work with a peer mentor to learn advocacy skills – someone who can go along with them, cheer them on and practice with them ahead of time what they want to say and do on their own behalf. The mentor might help them write letters to their legislators, or to their doctor.
Due to the lack of accurate information, some Social Security disability recipients fall into overpayment status. Although consumers will have to pay back the money, SMCIL staff can help negotiate the SSA repayment to a reasonable monthly amount.
We inform SSDI and SSI recipients and beneficiaries of their rights and responsibilities when they choose to work while disabled – as well as work incentives they may not know about that helps them ease off benefits. To avoid SSA over payments and for more information on Benefits Counseling to advise you on ways to return to work without losing benefits.