Advocacy Services

Everyday, disabled clients are denied Social Security Disability Benefits. Many of these clients need help making it through the maze of the Social Security system. Advocacy services help clients find their way through the Social Security application process more effectively.

Who can receive Advocacy Services?
If you are a disabled recipient of General Assistance (GA), Cash Assistance Program for Assistance (CAPI), or a CalWORKs client and are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or have been denied SSI, you may be eligible for Advocacy Services. SSI eligibility is based on age (65 or older), blindness or disability.

Will Advocacy services help me apply for SSI?
If you are eligible for Advocacy Services, an Advocacy Social Worker will help you with the SSI application process including assisting you with completing the SSI application forms and sending the application to Social Security. The Advocacy Social Worker will interview you in order to gather social, physical, mental and emotional health information about you to construct a Social Summary report to submit to Social Security on your behalf.

After my SSI application is filed, what other services are available?
The Advocacy Social Worker will help you obtain medical and/or mental health records, schedule and keep appointments, and follow through with the many steps involved in the long journey to SSI eligibility.

How can I apply?
If you, or someone you know, are in need of Advocacy Services, please contact the office nearest you:
West County Central County East County
1305 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 412-1940
Fax (510) 412-1941
400 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 602-9379
Fax (925) 521-5909
454 Delta Fair Boulevard
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 706-7410
Fax (925) 706-4507
Office hours in each location are
Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm