The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security Program is a program that was federally funded through the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999. In Alabama, the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security Program is run by the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP). The Act allows Social Security to fund ADAP to aid Social Security disability and SSI beneficiaries who are seeking vocational rehabilitation, employment, and other support services or seeking to regain employment.
In Alabama, ADAP also provides protection and advocacy for those Social Security recipients who have representative payees. In some cases, beneficiaries of Social Security are incapable of managing their own benefits. A representative payee is appointed to help manage the payments on the behalf of those beneficiaries. In 2018, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act was passed which requires Social Security to make annual grants to Protection and Advocacy Systems serving in each state for the purpose of conducting representative payee reviews.