Tribal Disability Benefit Specialist Program 

The Tribal Disability Benefit Specialist Program provides assistance and advocacy for tribal members, 18 – 59 years of age, with disabilities. A Tribal Disability Benefit Specialist can help determine which benefits tribal members are entitled to, identify a process to apply for benefits, assist in the application process, and assist in an appeal process if necessary. Specialists are trained to help tribal members with Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medical Assistance – Health Insurance, Food Share, Utility Assistance and Veteran Benefits. 

Ann Cleereman serves Eastern Wisconsin
Rachel Coughtry
serves Western Wisconsin
Please see service area map

Contact: Margaret King, 
TDBS Program Assistant
1-800-472-7207 extension 158 or 715-892-7909

Helpful Links for those seeking benefit information:

Social Security Disability Planning

Connection to Wisconsin’s Health & Nutrition Programs

Dept. of Veterans Affairs Benefits Homepage

Helpful Links for legal information:

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. – Indian Law Office

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Helpful Links for providers and other professionals:

State of Wisconsin
Department of Health Services

Wisconsin DHS Forms Library:

Wisconsin Medicaid Eligibility Handbook:

Wisconsin Foodshare Handbook:

Wisconsin Income Maintenance Manual:

Social Security Administration Home Page:

Wisconsin SSA Field Offices:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

Medicare, Official Gov’t Site:

Social Security Administration Medical-Vocational Guidelines:

Social Security Administration Adult Listings of Impairments:

Social Security Administration Program Operations Manual (POMS): 

Hearings, Appeals, Litigation Law Manual (HALLEX):

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