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Benefits to Work Coach Training - Virtual

Information Details
Start Date Wednesday, November 11, 2020
End Date Friday, November 13, 2020
Event Times
November 11-13, 2020 - 9:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-4:00pm Virtual Training
Event Details

** Application form in Documents link below must be emailed to  **

Benefits to Work Coach Training Description: This Benefits to Work Coach training will build on 9 prerequisite modules utilizing the Michigan specific website to access content, calculate projections, and remain a resource to strengthen basic benefits to work knowledge.  The ONLINE training event will be an interactive opportunity to reinforce lessons in the 9 modules, heighten clarity, and help individuals recognize their informational role and also when and how to effectively refer individuals to a state-wide network of benefits planners.   Your presenter has over 10 years field experience, as well as, continuing knowledge development through national organizations and completion of the Community Partner Work Incentives Coordinator training led by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) under contract with Social Security Administration.

Who Should Attend: This training is intended for serious practitioners of benefits to work in the field that are supported by their agency or organization to apply this very needed information to help individuals make self-determined choices and increase employment outcomes.  Attendees should primarily support persons with mental illness (due to funding).  It is intended to provide a strong, solid foundation for basic benefits planning and to help practitioners learn how to network and when to refer individuals to benefits planners responsible for such work every day. 


Registration Fee: $149.00 (complete) Fee includes: Online modules and virtual training. Technical assistance and ongoing education opportunities are provided upon attainment of micro-certification. 

Objectives - Participants will be able to:  
• Provide basic information about Federal and State benefits programs (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare) and work incentives
• Promote accurate and encouraging messages about benefits and work
• Comfortably debunk prevalent benefit myths
• Use to support individuals to explore benefits and work opportunities, including accessing/sharing site content and using all basic benefits and work incentives calculators and “try-its”
• Utilize benefits planning decision guide to determine when to provide benefits guidance and when to refer to a Benefits Planner or CWIC for additional support
Who Should Attend
See full training flier.
Presenter is Tracy Howard:
Tracy Howard is the Benefit-to-Work Coach State Lead and has worked for Training & Treatment Innovations (TTI) for a decade providing a variety of services related to public benefits and Social Security work incentives, including individualized benefits counseling, presentations and trainings.  
She has completed training and obtained credentialing via Cornell University’s Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and attended Virginia Commonwealth University’s Community Work Incentive Coordinator intensive training.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the conference for a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. If cancellation is received less than 10 business days prior to the training, no refund will be given and the full charge will be incurred. Substitutions are permitted at any time.
Grant Funding/Sponsors
Mental Health Block Grant Language:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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