Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

The purpose of this program is to make protection and advocacy services are available to disabled beneficiaries of the Social Security Act. To do this, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration makes payments in each state to the Protection and Advocacy system established pursuant to part C of Title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. § 15001).

The PABSS program can provide the following services:
1.Information and advise about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services; and
2.Advocacy or other services that a disabled beneficiary may need to secure or regain gainful employment.

Click here to see our mission and philosophies, or click here to request our services.

Links to other services

Social Security Administration
Local social security offices in Billings, MT offer information, help and services handled by the Social Security Administration. Services typically available include:

  • Apply for Medicare
  • Apply for Disability – SSDI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Apply for Medicare
  • Help With Medicare Prescription Drugs
  • Check on Application Status
  • Appeal a Decision
  • Obtain Forms and Publications
  • Obtain a Social Security Card
  • Request a Replacement Social Security Card
  • Replacement Medicare Card

Montana ABLE: New Montana ABLE helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid. For all general questions: (888) 609-3461, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Montana Legal Services Association: Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is a law firm that empowers low-income people by providing legal information, advice, and other services free of charge. MLSA works both on individual cases and under a systemic approach to help low-income people escape domestic violence, keep their housing, preserve their public benefits, protect their finances, and more. Phone: 1-800-666-6899

Montana LawHelp: MontanaLawHelp provides information to help solve civil legal problems. Find articles, forms, courts, and where to find legal help.

Job Accommodation Network: provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues

Montana Center for Inclusive Education: Toll-free 1-888-866-3822

Montana Independent Living Project: 406-442-5755 (V/TTY) / 1-800-735-6457 (toll-free)

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services: 406-444-2590 (V/TTY) / 1-877-296-1197 (toll-free)

Office of the Attorney General: Phone: 406-444-2026

SSA Ticket to Work Program: Ticket to Work Help Line 866-833-2967 (TTY) 866-968-7842

University of Montana Rural Institute: Voice/TTY local 406-243-5467 / Voice/TTY Toll-Free 800-732-0323 / Fax 406-243-2349

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Montana Center for Inclusive Education Program Brochure

Social Security Administration: The Appeals Process

Social Security Administration Red Book: The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities