What is a disability benefit specialist?
Disability benefit specialists (DBS) help answer questions and solve problems related to Social Security, Medicare, health insurance, and other public and private benefits for people with disabilities.
They serve people ages 18-59 who have a disability. Services are free and confidential. Similar services are available for people age 60 or older through Elder Benefit Specialists.
See a video in American Sign Language about disability benefit specialists. (Duration: 5 min.)
Program brochures are available in multiple languages.
Click to view program statistics (available for 2012 through 2018)
Disability benefit specialist services are an integral part of Wisconsin's aging and disability resource centers.
Disability benefit specialist services are available in all Wisconsin counties. Annual program reports are available for 2011-2018:
- 2018 Summary Report, P-00332-18 (PDF)
- 2017 Summary Report, P-00332-17 (PDF)
- 2016 Summary Report, P-00332-16 (PDF)
- 2015 Summary Report, P-00332-15 (PDF)
- 2014 Summary Report, P-00332-14 (PDF)
- 2013 Summary Report, P-00332-13 (PDF)
- 2012 Summary Report, P-00332-12 (PDF)
- 2011 Summary Report, P-00332-11 (PDF)
Dynamics of Wisconsin's Disability and Elder Benefit Specialist Services: Structure, Processes and Outcomes (PDF) This report provides a summary of data and conclusions from a statewide customer survey conducted in 2012.
For more information, contact the DHS Office for Resource Center Development.
Where can I find a disability benefit specialist?
Aging and disability resource centers offer DBS services in every county in Wisconsin. Find a benefit specialist in your county of residence.
Enrolled tribal members who live on or near a reservation in Wisconsin may opt to work with a tribal benefit specialist.
Questions about how working might affect your disability benefits? Contact a work incentives benefit specialist.