Through its benefits assistance services, LEAP helps people with disabilities and older adults learn about and gain access to government programs that can help them maintain stable and adequate financial resources. These services include:
For more information, contact the Independent Living Services program.
Fee-Based Benefits Services Now
Individuals with disabilities who need formal benefits assistance now have another avenue to obtain those services from LEAP’s Certified Benefits Specialists. A fee-based service option has been developed for benefits services, including applications for Social Security and Medicaid, as well as Benefits Analysis, a process whereby individuals can understand the impact of employment on their eligibility for public benefits. This can be vital information to secure prior to accepting any job offers.
LEAP recognizes that there may be cases where individuals have the desire and the ability to pay for certain services on their own. While there may be some exclusions based on Federal and state law and regulations, LEAP can permit most consumers who are interested to pay for services themselves, thereby expediting the results. A Fee for Service Screening and a Service Agreement is required prior to the commencement of LEAP services, to ensure that eligibility criteria has been verified and that there is a thorough understanding of all aspects of the arrangement.
If you or someone you know may be interested in pursuing LEAP’s benefits services through self-pay, please contact Barb Judah at (216) 456-0833 or BJudah@leapinfo.org.
Please download and share our Benefits Assistance Fact Sheet.
LEAP serves northeast Ohioans with disabilities through several services developed to support independent living (including benefits, employment and recreation). The majority of our program services are funded by Federal and State agencies with specific eligibility guidelines. Therefore, eligibility, funding availability, wait time and duration of these services vary by program. If you have questions about any of our program services, please Contact Us.