Seneca Nation Disability Services' mission is to focus on our members under 60 years of age with disabilities. Our goal is to make our territories disability-firendly and to ensure our disabled members receive the best possible care in all areas of day-to-day life.
The prupose of Disability Services is to improve the general welfare of the Nation's members with disabilities and reduce the associated cost of health care services by providing a monthly supplemental payment and other available supportive services to those who meet the eligibility requirements.
The montlhy supplemental payment is issued to on-territory Seneca members between the ages of 18-59, who receive a long-term disability award from the Social Security Administration, Veteran's Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, or a state, federal, local, or private source.
Eligibility for the supplemental payment is based on the following guidelines:
- Applicant must be an enrolled Seneca
- Applicant must be between the ages of 18-59 years old
- Applicant must reside full-time on one of the Seneca Nation territories
- Applicant must be approved to receive or already receive a qualifying long-term disability award
Applications can be obtained at the Disability Services Office on the Cattaraugus Territory or at the Clerk's Office on the Allegany Territory.
Other services include but are not limited to:
- Information and referral services
- Disability Advocacy
- Beneftis Advisement
- Claims Assistance
- Informational Workshops for SNI employees and the public
- Assistance using www.ssa.gov Ex. creating My Social Security Accounts
- On-site Social Security Assistance on Cattaraugus Territory every last Tuesday of each month, appointment recommended
- Yellow Dot Program - Provides your vital medical information to first responders
These services are provided on a case-by-case basis using an intake system to determine eligibility.
Seneca Nation Disability Services also works as a liaison between the department, SNI Disabilities Committee, and Council. The members of the Disabilities Committee are appointed by Council and will elect a Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, and Secretary. Changes to the Policy of the department are approved by this committee and are presented to Council for final approval. In the event of vacancies on the committee, the SNI Clerk's Office will send out a Public Notice and will accept Letters of Intent from those who would like to join.
The Seneca Nation Disability payment is protected under the Settlement Act of 1990 and the Distribution of Judgment Funds Act and is not subject to federal, state, or local taxes, nor can it be recognized by any of those governments as income or resources for pruposes of benefit eligibility or child support determinations or otherwise subject in any way to levy, execution, forfeiture, garnishment, lien, encumbrance, or seizure.
Seneca Nation Disability Services uses the following definitions as a guide to assess the needs of our Seneca Enrolled Members with Disabilities:
"A Seneca Enrolled Member, under age 60, having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual; including those who have record of an impairment even if they do not currently have a disability, but are regarded as having a disability."
"The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."
For more information or to make an appointment, contact:
Robin Jones, Director
Amber Bennett, Administrative Assistant
716-532-4900 or 716-945-1790, ext. 5151