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Wednesday April 14, 2010
9:30AM - 1:00PM Overview of the Government Benefit System -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Leslie Boutin and Mercedes Eustache, Community Service Society

Designed for the social service provider new to the complex world of public benefits, this workshop reviews the distinction between needs-based and insurance-based benefits, discusses key concepts such as income, resources, work history, category, and immigration status requirements, and introduces several major benefit programs including Cash Assistance, SSI, and Social Security benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and Food Stamps. We will also discuss how benefits are administered and accessed. Case examples and practical advocacy tips are included.
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Training on Benefits Plus -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A

Benefits Plus (previously the PBRC Manual) is the premier guide for advocates and social service professionals on government benefit programs in NYC. Often called the “bible” of public benefit programs, Benefits Plus is a comprehensive manual on federal, NYS and NYC government benefit programs and services. On March 15th CBS launched the online version of Benefits Plus. You will learn how to subscribe, access information, what new features are available, learn about our Food Stamp calculator, and more!
 
Wednesday April 21, 2010
9:30AM - 1:00PM Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Leslie Boutin and Diane Wenzler, Community Service Society

To be an effective advocate it is important to understand the distinction between SSI and SSDI. This training highlights the differences between the two programs and teaches advocates how the programs interact with each other. You will gain insight into the eligibility criteria for both SSI and SSDI, understand the ongoing requirements for maintaining the benefits and learn the type of health insurance recipients receive with each benefit.
 
Wednesday April 28, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Transition to Work Provisions for SSI and SSDI Recipients -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Leslie Boutin and Diane Wenzler, Community Service Society

Many individuals want to work but are unsure how earnings will affect their SSI or SSDI benefit. You will learn how an SSI or SSDI recipient’s benefit will be affected when making the transition to work, including how to determine break-even points for SSI earnings, what happens when an SSDI recipient enters and ends a trial work period, and what an extended period of eligibility is. We will also cover how earnings impact Medicaid and Medicare, and more.

Note: This is an advanced training, knowledge of basic eligibility for SSI and SSDI is required.
 
Wednesday May 5, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Cash Assistance (formerly Public Assistance) – The Basics -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker(s): Leslie Boutin and Diane Wenzler, Community Service Society

Learn the basics of the Cash Assistance (CA) program including how the CA grant is structured, how the benefit amount is calculated, and how it is issued. Learn how to prepare your clients for the application process and the on-going reporting requirements needed to maintain CA benefits. This training is designed to provide strategies and techniques the social service provider can use to advocate effectively when clients experience common challenges in the CA system. Also included are comprehensive tools and resources to help assess and understand Cash assistance rules and guidelines.
 
Thursday May 6, 2010
9:30AM - 1:00PM Overview of Affordable Housing in New York City -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Jacqueline C. Burger, Community Service Society

This workshop will give an overview of the different types of rental housing and rent subsidy programs that exist. You will learn about the affordable housing options available to low income New Yorkers. You will learn about the differences between the programs, the eligibility criteria for each, and how to access the housing. The programs covered include a general overview of the various forms of rent regulation, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing, Section 8 vouchers, project based Section 8, and the mayor’s affordable housing program. We will touch on different types of subsidies available to special populations, including homeless individuals and families, families receiving Family Assistance (FA), youth, pregnant mothers, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, and people involved with the Administration for Children’s Services (including family reunification and youth aging out of the foster care system).
 
Wednesday May 12, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Food Stamps Part 1: Overview and Application - 105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A

Speaker (s): Leslie Boutin and Diane Wenzler, Community Service Society

Food Stamp rules are often misunderstood, resulting in entitled households losing out on benefits. This workshop will focus on determining eligibility for Food Stamps and doing an actual Food Stamp budget. We will review Food Stamps’ gross and net income tests to determine eligibility, including special deductions and budgeting considerations for the elderly and disabled, and work requirements. We will also cover the changes to the Food Stamp program as a result of the economic stimulus package.
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Training on Benefits Plus -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A

Benefits Plus (previously the PBRC Manual) is the premier guide for advocates and social service professionals on government benefit programs in NYC. Often called the “bible” of public benefit programs, Benefits Plus is a comprehensive manual on federal, NYS and NYC government benefit programs and services. On March 15th CBS launched the online version of Benefits Plus. You will learn how to subscribe, access information, what new features are available, learn about our Food Stamp calculator, and more!
 
Wednesday May 19, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Introduction to Section 8 Vouchers - 105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A

Speaker (s): Jacqueline C. Burger, Community Service Society

This is an introductory workshop for tenant advocates and social service providers on qualifying for and keeping an apartment with a Section 8 voucher. The workshop will cover eligibility criteria, priority codes, rent calculations, recertification procedures, subsidy termination, avoiding eviction, and the grievance process. The workshop will focus mainly on NYCHA Section 8; but information about HPD and DHCR vouchers will also be covered.

Note: NYCHA’s waiting list is closed for all applicants at least through the end of 2010. The workshop will therefore focus only on the qualification rules and rules for current recipients.
 
Wednesday May 26, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Disconnected Youth and Cash Assistance -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Diane Wenzler and Leslie Boutin, Community Service Society

If you encounter problems when assisting a young person (16 to 24 year old) applying for Cash Assistance this workshop will help you. We will cover eligibility rules when the teenager is living with parents/guardian or is emancipated, their rights and responsibilities regarding the program requirements. Also included are strategies and techniques you can use to advocate effectively when your clients experience common challenges, such as when a teenager applies for Cash Assistance and they are told they cannot apply.

Note: Knowledge of basic Cash Assistance eligibility and application requirements is required.
 
Wednesday June 9, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Food Stamps Part 2: Food Stamp Budgeting -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Leslie Boutin and Diane Wenzler, Community Service Society

Once basic Food Stamp eligibility is understood, the advocate should know the nuances of the Food Stamp budgeting process. This workshop focuses on budgeting for various household circumstances and how to determine the correct benefit amount. You will learn about special budgeting procedures for households with elderly, disabled, immigrant, and the homeless and how to best assist these clients. Also covered are retroactive Food Stamps when accepted for SSI benefits and budgeting when in receipt of a housing subsidy such as FEPS or Work Advantage.

Note: This is an advanced training, knowledge of Food Stamps, Overview and Application, is required.
 
Wednesday June 16, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM New York State Health Programs (Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus) -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Diane Wenzler and Mercedes Eustache, Community Service Society

There are three different public health insurance programs for low-income families and individuals in NYS: find out which one is right for your clients. This newly revised workshop was designed to teach you the differences between the three programs, and explain how they interact with each other as well as other health benefit programs. Included are the description of benefits and eligibility criteria, the application process and the managed care enrollment procedures for each health program. Also included are strategies and techniques you can use to advocate effectively when your clients experience common challenges. You will receive tools and resources for interpreting the various health programs rules and guidelines.
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Training on Benefits Plus -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A

Benefits Plus (previously the PBRC Manual) is the premier guide for advocates and social service professionals on government benefit programs in NYC. Often called the “bible” of public benefit programs, Benefits Plus is a comprehensive manual on federal, NYS and NYC government benefit programs and services. On March 15th CBS launched the online version of Benefits Plus. You will learn how to subscribe, access information, what new features are available, learn about our Food Stamp calculator, and more!
 
Thursday June 17, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Managed Care Basics -
105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A


Speaker (s): Nora Chaves and Nakia Brown, Community Service Society

Most consumers enrolled in a public health insurance program in New York must be enrolled in a managed care plan to access services. To be an effective advocate for these clients, it is important that you have a strong understanding of the workings of managed care to ensure that you help your clients to receive the care they need. This training will explain what managed care is and the rights and responsibilities of consumers enrolled in a managed care plan.
 
Wednesday June 23, 2010
9:30AM - 12:30PM Work Advantage Rental Subsides and Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS) - 105 East 22nd St., Conference Room 4A

Speaker (s): Susan Bahn, Legal Aid Society

Learn about the Advantage Assistance Rental Programs: Work Advantage, Fixed Income Advantage, Children Advantage, Domestic Violence Advantage and Short Term Advantage. The training will cover the benefits and eligibility criteria for all programs, application procedures, as well as advocacy information. In addition a brief overview of the FEPS (Family Eviction Prevention Supplement) will be covered, including who is eligible, how earnings impact the supplement, and how it works when there is SSI income in the household.

Note: This is an advanced training, knowledge of basic eligibility for Cash Assistance is required.