Customized Self-Employment Part 8: Overview of Benefits Management

 

Unemployment is challenging for anyone, but it is particularly difficult for people with disabilities or other unique support needs. Self-employment is a growing option that offers new possibilities as an alternative way to earn income. This course is the eighth in a series of courses on customized self-employment and is based on the work of Griffin-Hammis Associates, leaders in the field of employment support. Starting and operating your own business requires new skills and abilities for both the prospective business owner and their support team. Failure to take care of managing finances and government benefits can cause many problems, so this training provides critical information on two of the most important aspects of self-employment: Managing the finances of the business and the business owner’s government benefits. Through comprehensive lessons, examples, as well as interactive activities, you will gain the skills and confidence you need to support individuals in managing their own finances and benefits while operating their own small businesses. This course is applicable to people who support individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, physical disabilities, as well as other intensive support needs, especially those who receive government benefits. If you are taking this course within a learning management system that offers continuing credit, you must successfully pass the final exam and complete the course evaluation in order to receive credit.

$30.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-IDD-GHA-CSE8

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Connecticut Certification Board

1.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

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This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

1.0 HOURS


Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-GHA-CSE8
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the reason a benefits analysis is an important feature of business planning for an individual with a disability.
Name the two benefit programs offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that individuals with a disability might qualify for.
3Analyze why the type of business structure chosen (i.e. corporation, LLC, C-type etc.) is important to the benefits planning / management process.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Learning Objectives
Section 2: An Overview of Benefits Management for Small Business Owners
Glossary of Terms for Financial and Benefits Management
Self-Employment Income and Government Benefits
Opportunities for Small Business Owners Who Receive Government Benefits
Importance of Preparing a Benefits Analysis
Benefits Planning as a Part of the Overall Business Plan
Getting Started with Benefits Planning
Other Strategies
Ongoing Benefits Planning and Management
Corey’s Lawn Mower Repair Business
Summary
Section 3: Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI: Supplemental Security Income
SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI and SSDI
Determining Income for Benefits Planning
Gross Sales and Net Earnings
Income from Businesses that are Corporations
What You Need to Know about Income from Businesses that Are LLCs
Business Structure and SSA Benefits
What about SSDI?
Ira’s Dilemma
Summary
Section 4: Course Summary
Summary
Course Contributors
Contact the Authors
References
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Instructor: Beth Keeton, MS
Ms. Keeton has worked closely with the state of Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to coordinate the development and implementation of a Self-Employment Certification curriculum. Florida VR has been the first in the nation to make such an extensive commitment to supporting self-employment as a possible outcome for all customers. Beth has served as the point-person for this effort and has been actively involved in all aspects of implementation including: developing the training curriculum; training VR vendors; and providing ongoing technical assistance to VR staff (both state and local), vendors, and customers. Additionally, Beth works with GHA on several other national projects, all of which are geared towards increasing the quantity and quality of employment outcomes through Customized Employment. For the last decade, Beth has provided extensive training and technical assistance throughout the country on positive behavior support, self-employment, customized employment, and benefits analysis. During her time on the various self-employment projects, she has developed expertise in all aspects of business plan development and has discovered a particular affinity for financial planning and Social Security benefits analysis. Disclosure: Beth Keeton, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Cary Griffin, MA
Cary Griffin is a Senior Partner at Griffin-Hammis Associates, a full service consultancy which specializes in building communities of economic cooperation, creating high performance organizations, and focuses on disability and employment. Cary maintains a strong relationship with the Rural Institute at The University of Montana, where he served as Director of Adult Community Services & Supports. He is the former Executive Director of the Center for Technical Assistance & Training (CTAT) in Denver. Cary provides training to administrative and direct service level professionals in the rehabilitation field; consultation to businesses and rehabilitation agencies regarding the employment of individuals with significant disabilities; conducts field-initiated research & demonstration; provides family & consumer case consultation; develops resources; and organizational development. Recently, Cary has been instrumental in designing self-employment protocols and training for individuals, agencies, and states. Disclosure: Cary Griffin, MA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: David Hammis
David Hammis is Senior Partner at Griffin-Hammis Associates, a full service consultancy which specializes in building communities of economic cooperation, creating high performance organizations, and focuses on disability and employment. David maintains an ongoing relationship with the Rural Institute at The University of Montana, where he served as Project Director for four employment and Social Security outreach training and technical assistance projects, and now serves as an Organizational Consultant for the Rural Institutes Rural Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Expansion Design Project. Dave works with organizations nationally and internationally on benefits analysis, supported employment, supported entrepreneurial employment, and employment engineering. Disclosure: David Hammis has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; entry level Rehabilitation Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
Accommodations
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