A 39-year-old with developmental disabilities
When Gabrielle’s father passed away, her survivors’ benefits disqualified her for the services and supports she needed to live in the community. PHLP helped Gabrielle avoid being placed in a nursing home.
Gabrielle, a 39-year-old with severe developmental disabilities living in Southwest Pennsylvania, contacted PHLP because her Home and Community Based Services (HCBS Services) that allowed her to live in the community instead of a nursing home were being terminated. Gabrielle’s father had recently passed away and she became eligible for survivors’ benefits which increased her income and put her over the limit to qualify for supports.
PHLP counseled Gabrielle (and her social worker) to appeal so she could continue benefits pending appeal. PHLP also determined that if Gabrielle could work a few hours each month, she would maintain HCBS Services through Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD). Gabrielle’s social worker helped to find her employment. PHLP also intervened with the local County Assistance Office (CAO) who initially determined Gabrielle could not qualify for MAWD. PHLP informed the CAO of the applicable regulations for this circumstance, and the CAO reversed its decision, allowing Gabrielle to keep her HCBS Services and maintain her residence.