Benefits Information Training

Benefits Information Training: Deciphering the Complexity

State and federal assistance programs can help people with disabilities go to work, pay the rent, take a class, get transportation, and save for the future. But navigating those benefit programs can be complicated for people with disabilities, for their families, and even for the agencies and organizations who support them.

The Center on Community Living and Careers can help. On this page, you'll find links to the following types of benefits trainings:

  • Benefits Information Network Certification 
  • Work & Disabilities: Benefits, Incentives, and Asset Building Course
  • Benefits 101: for Parents, Teachers and Others


Benefits Information Network Certification Training

CCLC facilitates the Benefits Information Network (BIN) and its BIN liaisons. Located throughout Indiana, BIN liaisons provide individuals and families with the information they need to be able to work and to maintain the benefits and health care coverage they need. 

♦ Basic BIN Training

(Only those certified less than two years may attend.)

Note: Our reformatted training includes both online content and Zoom sessions. Participation in both components is required for certification. These 10-week courses will consist of:

  • required weekly participation, during the first 8 weeks of training, in Monday Zoom sessions. Lessons and activities take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. 
  • online course content with weekly readings, assignments, and quizzes;
  • time, during the final two weeks of training, to work on a case study and strategic plan assignment.

Cost per person: $350

February 8 through April 19, 2023. For more information and to register now, go to:

Basic BIN Training registration 


♦ Advanced BIN Training

BIN Liaisons who have been certified two years or longer are invited to participate in Advanced BIN training. 

Cost per person: $350 
February 6 through April 14, 2023: In addition to completing online content, BIN Advanced participants will attend a Zoom, lunch-and-learn session on the first Wednesday of the course. For more information and to register now, go to:

Advanced BIN Training registration


Work & Disabilities: Benefits, Incentives, and Asset Building Course

Self-paced, online content available February 13 through March 24, 2023.

Through this informational, comprehensive online training, employment professionals, community service providers, and transition coordinators learn the benefits basics:

  • Social Security Work Incentive programs
  • Income and asset resource limits
  • Health care coverage—Medicaid, Medicare, other insurance
  • Savings—ABLE accounts, Miller trusts, special needs trusts
  • The Ticket to Work program
  • Other benefits: SNAP, TANF, and HUD

Though it does not provide certification (competency training is not required), the Work & Disabilities: Benefits, Incentives, and Asset Building Course provides participants with a wealth of information and resources that they can then share with families and individuals with disabilities, who need information and guidance about how benefits and work incentives can impact work and earnings.

Training is self-paced, and all content modules will be available on Canvas through March 24, 2023. Content includes up-to-date information as of September 2022. Since the course is self-paced, you can begin anytime while course materials are live. Estimated time for completion: 10 hours.

Upon enrolling, participants will receive instructions and the link to Canvas. Note: When you register, you’ll receive an email invitation to the course. Be sure to accept that invitation or Canvas will not allow you to open the course modules. 

Cost per person: $150

Benefits 101: For Individuals, Parents, Teachers and Others

For those of us who want to understand how to navigate the application and eligibility processes, where to get answers about Social Security benefits and Medicaid waiver supports, and how to adequately plan for the future, we also offer occasional webinars. Keep an eye on this page for more information.

For more general information on benefits, see our Benefits Information page. There you'll find a listing of fact sheets about Social Security work incentive programs and other state and federal benefits.

More Benefits Information