Course Overview

Many people with disabilities choose not to work or limit the amount they work because of a fear that work will cause a loss or reduction of cash benefits and a loss of health insurance with no safety net if the job ends. The goal of this training series is to increase the number of professionals in disability services who can help people with disability address basic questions about benefits and work and to dispel these fears.  It’s important to understand that this training will not make you an expert on public benefit work rules.  When you work with a person who has a complex set of benefits issues or questions, you’ll still need to get a certified benefits planner involved. Certified benefit planners are sometimes called Community Work Incentive Coordinators or CWIC for short.  They have received extensive training on public benefits and are able to address complicated situations.  Throughout this web course, we’ll point out examples of when you should refer someone to a benefits planner.  Then during the classroom training we’ll review the decision-making process so you can have a clear understanding of when you should make this type of referral.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0) MCBAP-S (0.0) Mi-CEC (0.0) Nursing (0.0)
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Topics Covered

Title II Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits.

This course has been updated to represent the most up to date information regarding Title II and SSI benefits. The course experts have created this course to provide the updated information in a format to help direct care workers understand and communicate these benefits to their end clients. 

Course Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the eligibility criteria for Title II disability benefits and SSI.
  • Gain insights on how to dispel myths and provide estimates for those who desire work and more financial security through employment.
  • Understand and communicate the application processes for each benefit system. 
  • Understand and communicate the appeals process for each set of benefits.

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It was convenient and I was able to go at a pace in which I feel comfortable learning.

- Delana H.