Milwaukee County - Disabilities Services Division

Disability Benefit Specialist

Karin Bachman, Program Manager

122 W Vliet Street, Suite 300

Milwaukee, WI 53205

Referral line: 414-289-6660


Disability Benefits Specialist Program

The Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS) program is a service of the Disability Resource Center.

Disability Benefit Specialists:

  • provide services to individuals ages 18 through 59 with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders.
  • information and assistance with public and private benefit programs including application and appeal procedures.
There is no charge for disability benefit specialist services.  

How Can a Disability Benefit Specialist Help You?

  • Provide accurate information on public and private benefits and programs;
  • Help determine which benefits and programs you may be entitled to;
  • Help you to fill out applications for benefits, programs and services;
  • Talk with you about your choices and the programs or services that might best meet your needs
  • Provide assistance in obtaining or retaining benefits and services;
  • Provide referrals, assistance and support on other matters including disability rights and the impact of earnings on financial eligibility for public benefits;
  • In some cases, you may receive representation in formal appeals related to denials of eligibility, termination of benefits or overpayment of public and private benefits.

Areas and Programs the Disability Benefit Specialist Can Help You With:

  • Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
  • Social Security Disability Income(SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicare, including Part D
  • Prescription Drug Assistance
  • FoodShare
  • Low-Income Tax Credits
  • Insurance Issues
  • Housing and Utility Issues
  • Veterans’ Benefits


A Disability Benefits Specialist can be reached at 414-289-6660, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM


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