Why does my loved one need a special needs trust?

Once a child reaches the age of eighteen (18) years, they cannot have more than $2,000.00 in their own name and be eligible for various government/state/public benefits including SSI, Waivers, Medical Assistance, etc.  Monies received from SSI are minimal monthly, currently the maximum amount is $771.00 per month in Pennsylvania.  A Special Needs Trust allows us to leave our loved ones assets to enhance their quality of life of life both now and in the future, WITHOUT jeopardizing any governmental or public benefits or resources they may be receiving.