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Training: Unraveling the Complexity of the Public Benefit System (Benefits Plus Learning Center)

An introductory course on the public benefit system, which introduces the advocate to eight major benefit programs: Cash Assistance, SSI, Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, and SNAP benefits. We will review the basics of eligibility and application, as well as discuss key concepts such as income, immigration status, insurance based benefits vs. needs based benefits, dual eligibility and more. You will discover available resources on the Internet, including government resources, legal services and various web-based calculators and online tools. Best practices to bring back to the work setting are included throughout the course. 

Tuition: $75.00 -  Sign up by 3/20/19 for the Early Bird price of $60.00.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to: 

1. Describe the difference between needs based and insurance based benefits. 
2. List the different types of eligibility criteria for needs based and insurance based benefits. 
3. Identify major public benefit programs within the areas of cash, health and food.
4. Explain dual eligibility. 
5. Find free resources on the Internet to assist clients with benefit access issues. 

Target Audience: Social service professionals new to the world of public benefits, as well as for those who may need a refresher!
  • 3.5 contact hours are available for NYS Licensed Social Workers. Certificates will be issued at the end of the training upon submission of a completed training evaluation and full payment of the training.
  • The Benefit Plus Learning Center equips social service professionals to effectively navigate the public benefit system through its high quality training opportunities. See the full Benefits Plus training series.


Host: Community Service Society
Community Service Society (New York, NY)
633 Third Avenue, 10th Floor
Conf. Room A1
New York, NY 10017
Directions: The Community Service Society of New York is located at 40th Street and Third Ave, near Grand Central Station. Subway (to Grand Central): 4, 5, 6, 7, S Bus (to Grand Central) M101, M102, M103, M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 AND M42

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