Tackling the Social Security Benefits Barrier: What Every Employment Specialist Needs to Know

If you feel that Social Security Benefits are too big to tackle – then this session is for you! How often do you hear “But I can't go to work; I will lose my Social Security benefits.” It’s a real fear of the person, their family and service providers. So rather than pursue meaningful work, Social Security offers many opportunities and work incentives that encourage beneficiaries to return to the work force. Join Sandy Smith to get the facts and learn how to use the work incentives to strengthen your employment outcomes.

In a two-part series, Sandy Smith offer an update of the Social Security Administration SSI and SSDI benefits, work incentives, and the much-coveted Medicaid and Medicare health insurances. With the recent changes in SSA’s services, every Employment Specialist should have this basic information to guide their responses to SSA beneficiaries who go to work and earn money.

Session I:  Title II – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Session II:  Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Don’t miss this important and informative presentation!

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to

1. Understand basic information on Social Security benefits and health insurance. 

2.  Identify work incentives that support a beneficiary’s needs at the workplace.    

3.  Explain how the work incentives allow SSA beneficiaries who work to retain Medicaid and Medicare health insurance. 

4. Explore the impact on other benefits, such as housing and food stamps, when a person goes to work.

Presenter: Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith has over 30 years of experience in employment services for people with disabilities, including a 16-year history with the Social Security Administration benefits planning and work incentive programs. 

Sandy joined the Imagine Enterprises team in April 1999. She currently works as a Chief Operating Officer. She provides training and technical assistance on the local, state and national level, with the goal to improve the ability of SSA beneficiaries to go to work, earn a living, and maintain or obtain needed health insurance. Sandy oversees the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project, a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration; the Benefits Offset National Demonstration (BOND), a contract with Abt Associates; the Employment Network (EN) initiative, this grant and the WIPA project are products of the 1999 Ticket to Work and Work Improvement Act of 1999, and a DARS fee-for-service agreement.  Sandy is committed to spreading the word of “WORK” and dispelling the myths and addressing any fears through the amazing use of work incentives!

Payment: Credit card payment or Government Purchase Order must be received 7 days prior to start date. If you have any problems when trying to pay for the course, contact UNTWISE at (940) 565-4000 for further assistance.

Registration Deadline: Registration will be closed 7 days prior to training commencement.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to training to receive a full refund. No refund will be provided if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of training. Please fax cancellation to (940) 565-3960 or email UNTWISE@unt.edu.

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