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Benefits Advisement

  • Are you considering applying for benefits?
  • Do you want support in knowing what benefits are available?
  • Do you have questions about how work might impact your benefits?

Independent Living offers consultative and supportive services to increase independence for recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits throughout the Hudson Valley area. We provide information and education on available work incentives. For more information on our Benefits Advisement Services, please call Jessica Andino at (845) 565-1162 x223.

Jessica Andino, Benefits Advisor
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Impact Story

I grew up traveling to national parks and enjoying nature. A few years ago, I was in a really great place – what I’d describe as a precious and fulfilling moment in my life. I remember the feeling of total independence.


I experienced a mental health crisis. I was hospitalized. Mental illness can be a traumatic experience. I didn’t feel like I could relate to anyone. I could not have my needs met. I received medication and was stabilized, but living a full life is more than stabilization and medication.


It wasn’t until I got to Independent Living, Inc. that I truly felt hope again. Staff never treated me like a patient or beggar; they treated me with dignity and respect and listened to me about who I am and where I want to be.


I attained a job, understand my benefits, and confidently advocate for myself in the workplace and life. It is helping me reach a place where I am feeling more independent again. I have a plan now. I am working toward a future and goals again. Soon, I will be able to take a paid vacation and achieve my lifelong dream to visit the Olympic Village. There is more to do in life. Independent Living is helping me experience those things.


When you support Independent Living, you are supporting me and people like me. It is critical to us. It is a gift helping me move forward in my life.


– Richard W.,
Independent Living Benefits Advisement Consumer