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 program 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 Incentives and Other Benefits Information
  • 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 2 years may attend.)

Note: Training includes three days of in-person instruction plus a 4th day of online "help desk" follow-up and support for attendees. Attendance at and participation in the in-person instruction and online support is required for certification. Cost for this training is $250.

May 6-8, Bloomington, IN. Postponed due to COVID-19 precautions. More information coming soon.

September 2-4, Wabash, IN. More information coming soon.

October 28-30, Indianapolis, IN. More information coming soon.

 

Advanced BIN Training

Advanced BIN training will be offered three times this year. Each training will consist of online modules and one in-person training day. Cost per person is $250. 
  
April 1-June 10 (Note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, the in-person meeting for the training, formerly schedule for April 1, has been cancelled.) For more information and to register, see our Events Calendar listing.

July 1-September 9  
(Note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, this training now includes a series of four Zoom trainings as well as online content.) For more information and to register, see our Events Calendar listing.

September 30-December 9
  (In-person training--September 30 at Easterseals Crossroads in Indianapolis.) More information coming soon.

Work Incentives and Other Benefits

CCLC also offers two-day workshops to employment professionals and advisors who need to understand Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, and work incentives. During the workhsop, community employment providers, therapists, social workers, transition coordinators, guidance counselors, and others who work with adults with disabilities and their families learn about the systems of support in Indiana and key programs that can help people get a job and keep a job.

Though it does not provide certification (competency training is not required), this workshop gives participants a wealth of information and resources.

August 20-21, Indianapolis. More information coming soon.

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.

Scrolling down on the page, you'll also see a recording of "Benefits 101," a 2019 webinar, supported by the Indiana Department of Education. The webinar invited parents of transitioning students to learn about selected work incentives, state benefits, ABLE accounts, and the process known as "redetermination," when students with disabilities must reapply for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) after age 18. 

More Benefits Information