Governments love to use acronyms, like NASA, HUD, and OSHA. Even within the Social Security Administration, you have SSDI (for Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (for Supplemental Security Income). And there’s another Social Security program called the PASS Program that’s designed to help people who are already receiving SSI benefits. PASS stands for Plan to Achieve Self-Support. Let’s look at some fast facts about this beneficial program.
#1. The PASS Program Is Only for People Who Receive SSI.
Not just anyone can take advantage of the benefits offered in the PASS Program. Only someone who is already receiving SSI benefits can apply.
#2. It Helps People Return to Work.
The purpose of this program is to help SSI beneficiaries get back to work if they are able. By returning to work even part-time, individuals can reduce or eliminate their need to receive SSI or SSDI benefits.
#3. This Program Is for People with Work Goals.
Many people receive SSI benefits because they are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). But some hope to return to work as soon as they are able. They just need help above and beyond their SSI monthly payments.
#4. The PASS Program Helps People Find Out What They Need.
Social Security staff working in the PASS Program counsel people who hope to get back into the workforce. They can help individuals write up their plans and evaluate the best path to take.
#5. PASS Can Provide Supplies to Reach Your Employment Goal.
Some people need more than just talk. Often, training and supplies related to a person’s disability are necessary so they can find employment.
Also, PASS Program funds can be used for equipment, tools, uniforms, office supplies, childcare, transportation, employment services, and attendant care.
#6. This Program Can Be Used to Start a Business.
Amazingly, individuals can complete a plan in the PASS program to start a business and become self-employed. However, anyone hoping to start a business through PASS must submit a detailed business plan before they will be approved for the program.
#7. You Can Get Help Setting Up Your PASS Program Plan.
Yes, Social Security offers assistance to anyone trying to return to work through the PASS Program. Someone from a local Social Security office can help. They also might put you in touch with a vocational rehabilitation counselor to help you figure out your plan.
If you want to start a business through PASS, Social Security suggests contacting:
- The Small Business Administration,
- The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE),
- A local banker, and
- Any other person or group that helps people start their own business.
To get started, contact the Social Security Administration or look up the PASS Program online.
Will Social Security’s PASS Program Help You?
Social Security Administration rules and regulations are not easy to understand. It can help to have someone on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience helping clients like you. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.