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Benefits Navigation


Empowering independent futures

Benefits Navigation offers an array of services to help identify, obtain and maximize benefits and resources for individuals and families living with an intellectual/developmental disability.

  • We help people and families living with a disability to maximize the many public and private resources available for a stable, growth-oriented and independent future.
  • We do more than just identify opportunities; we also help you secure them. In fact, we’ve secured more than $150 million in benefits for people over their lifespans.
  • For every dollar spent on Benefits Navigation, our participants experience an average 416% return through secured funding.
  • We work with you as partners to develop a roadmap towards financial stability, purpose and greater independence.

In just two years, Benefits Navigation has grown by

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Discover more about Benefits Navigation

Stabilization Support

For families in crisis, we are able to act swiftly and compassionately to help you re-stabilize.

Our goal is to minimize feelings of stress and uncertainty by providing concrete and specific benefits strategies that are results-oriented. Our processes allow us to fully address the needs of today while planning for tomorrow.

Medicaid, Social Services
& Kinship Expertise
We are experts in navigating complex bureaucratic programs and processes, such as Medicaid, Social Services and Kinship Care. Because of our internal processes, we can get services to you much faster and with greater convenience.

We’re able to avoid appeals processes that can take up to two years, and instead secure benefits within just one week.
Transition & Life Planning

Our Benefits Navigators help families through times of transition, like graduation from high school. All of our services are person-centered and take a whole family approach, with life plans and transition plans tailored to the specific goals, needs and interests of the individual.

Once the final plan is completed, we typically meet with clients on a monthly basis to discuss progress and manage the accountability of the plan – safeguarding better long-term outcomes.

Letter of Intent

Our consultants can assist in the development of a thorough Letter of Intent to serve as the foundation of a comprehensive life plan for an individual with disabilities.

The Letter of Intent provides insight and guidance to those who will support your loved one in the future, because it will clearly articulate your hopes, concerns, wishes and dreams for your loved one.

BDI’s Benefits Navigation has been able to secure over $20 million dollars in Social Security benefits for individuals.


Family Support Services Eligibility

​BDI provides Family Support through a state contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). In order to be eligible for services, individuals must be:
  • Three years of age or older
  • Diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability
  • Able to provide supporting documentation of intellectual/developmental disability diagnosis
  • A Resident of Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett or Rockdale County

Benefits Navigation Eligibility

​Individuals must be diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability closely related condition (e.g., traumatic brain injury).

Due to different regulations, we unfortunately cannot accept Veterans’ cases at this time.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about the support services available with BDI, click the button below to fill out the application form.

Contact Us

Reach out to BDI for additional information or with any questions.

Program Services

COVID-19 Announcement

Bobby Dodd Institute wants to ensure you that the health and well-being of our participants and dedicated staff is our number one priority.

Out of an abundance of caution concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the guidance of the CDC, we’ve made the decision to postpone all upcoming events and close all of our administrative locations.  

We’ve transitioned all participant-centered programs and essential services to virtual platforms. To learn more, call 678-365-0071 or emaiinfo@bobbydodd.org.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely, so please check our website and social media accounts for the latest updates.