In January, 2011, MCCD partnered with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan and the Michigan Association of United Ways to launch the Michigan Benefits Access Initiative (MBAI).
The goal of MBAI is to assist parolees pre-release by pre-screening and facilitating applications for state and/or federal benefits available through the Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Department of Community Health, Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration, and Secretary of State.
In partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections, the role of MCCD in this effort is to hire and supervise staff, acquire the necessary training, assist with the evaluation, and assure that timely access to benefits becomes institutionalized as a standard operating procedure in the corrections system.
MBAI will link with support in the following areas:
Medicaid – Assist with completing the application
Food Assistance (FAP) – Emergency Food Assistance after release
Cash Assistance (FIP) – If eligible, assist with application process
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – If eligible, assist with SOAR application and provide any needed follow up. Parolees are eligible for this benefit if they have a physical or mental health diagnosis that prevents them from obtaining gainful employment upon release. It is a needs-based program.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – If eligible, assist with the SOAR application and provide any needed follow up. Parolees are eligible for this benefit if they have an established work history and have a physical or mental health diagnosis that prevents them from obtaining gainful employment upon release.
Vital Documents – Assist with the process to obtain a birth certificate and social security card.
Veterans Benefits – These services are offered to parolees that are considered a veteran. Services may only be available to those with an honorable discharge status. We will connect you with local services based on specific needs. Learn more.
Healthcare Coverage for Adults – Certain Counties have medical coverage for adults who may not be eligible for Medicaid. These consist of Adult Benefit Waivers (ABW) and County Health Plans.
State Disability Assistance (SDA) – This benefit is offered to individuals deemed disabled and are awaiting a decision from the Social Security Administration. This is a temporary benefit.
The Michigan Benefits Access Initiative is made possible by support from the Open Society Foundation.
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For more information, contact:
Eligibility Specialist Supervisor
Michigan Benefits Access (MBA) is a public/private partnership created to increase the economic stability of Michigan residents by connecting them to multiple Department of Human Service benefits, through the use of the MI Bridges technology and coordinated local support services. You can learn more about the history of MBA, obtain outreach materials and register for MI Bridges navigation training by clicking here.