Benefits Applications Services

ERI Benefit Specialists help people navigate the lengthy and complex process of applying for benefits.

Community Benefits Specialists (CBS) Program 

ERI's Community Benefits Specialists (CBS) assist individuals with mental illness in Dane County in applying for public benefits. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Assistance completing required applications and reports
  • Meeting deadlines and keeping appointments
  • Exploring additional sources of information
  • Communicating with the Social Security Administration and other agencies
  • Problem-solving

Getting Started with Benefits Applications Services

What are “benefits”?

Benefit programs can provide a monthly income, health insurance, help to buy food, or other types of assistance.

What are the Social Security benefit programs for people with disabilities?

  • SSI or Supplemental Security Income pays benefits to people who have a disability, meet medical criteria, and have low income and resources.
  • SSDI or Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to people who have disability, meet medical criteria, and are “insured” meaning that they worked recently and long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

What are the public health insurance programs?

  • Medicaid is a health insurance program for certain people with low income and resources, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • Medicare is a health insurance program for people with disabilities and seniors.

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Why choose ERI for Benefits Applications Services?

Help Navigating Complex Systems

Applying for benefits can be overwhelming. Our benefit specialists streamline the process, ensuring all applications, deadlines, and communications with agencies are handled efficiently, making the process stress-free for those living with mental health conditions in Dane County.

Comprehensive Support

We provide problem-solving strategies, and maintain ongoing communication with necessary agencies, ensuring individuals receive needed support and can access resources available.

Personalized Assistance

Understanding the unique challenges faced by adults with mental health conditions, our specialists offer personalized support tailored to each individual’s circumstances. Whether it’s navigating SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, or Medicare, we offer guidance and support needed along the way.

Hear what people are saying about ERI's Benefits Applications Services!

"My Benefit Specialist has gone the "extra mile" for me in many ways!"
"I am very pleased with the work ERI has done for me. Knowing what I know now will help me build a better future."
"I now have a clearer picture of the things I need to be aware of as I move towards my goals."
"ERI provided timely, courteous, knowledgeable assistance navigating the healthcare benefit assistance application process. Thank you!"
"The person who helped me was empathic and made me feel very comfortable in an uncomfortable situation."
"Answered all questions and explained everything through the beginning to the end of the process."