Course Description: This web course provides practical information and tools needed to address basic questions and concerns people with disabilities have about working and benefits. During this training attendees will learn to assess a person’s financial and benefit situation, identify the depth of work incentive and financial planning services needed, provide basic information about the possibilities of work incentives and financial planning, learn when and how to refer individuals to a deeper level of work incentive and financial planning services, and learn how to navigate the Alaska DB101 website. This course is very in-depth and is intended for professionals who dedicate a portion of their time to employment services or supports.
Course Structure: This course is divided into two sections. The lessons and assessments are web based and can be completed at your own pace within the class dates. The instructor is available for technical assistance during the course except for the assessments.
SECTION 1: Financial & Work Incentives Resource Specialist
• The first section last six weeks and includes over 10 lessons on topics such as Financial Stability and the key public benefit programs including: SSI, SSDI, Alaska Public Assistance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Each week includes 2- 3 lessons, an activity or reading materials and a short assessment.
• Section 1 also includes an overview of Alaska’s DB101 website, which provides excellent resources and information related to these benefit programs.
• The first section is designed to give you all the information you will need to serve as a Basic Financial and Work Incentive Resource Specialist.
• As a Resource Specialist, you’ll support people to explore financial goals, provide basic information about the public benefit programs, address common benefit myths, and promote and spread accurate and encouraging messages about benefits and work.
• Additionally, you’ll know how to navigate the DB101 site and how and when to make referrals to other agencies or experts.
• Section 1 concludes with an online assessment. Participants who successfully complete and pass this assessment will receive a certificate of completion identifying them as a Resource specialist and will be approved to continue on to Section 2, the Financial & Work Incentives Navigator.
SECTION 2: Financial & Work Incentives Navigator
• Some participants may choose to stop after Section 1 and go about the business of incorporating what they’ve learned into their day-to-day jobs by encouraging work!
• Others may wish to proceed to Section 2, which includes additional information about benefits planning and DB101, including enhanced training on how to use the DB101 Benefits and Work Calculator.
• As you can see, all of this requires a much more serious commitment of time and resources, so completing Section 2 of this course is necessary only for people who will actively provide these services.
• Section 2 lasts for two weeks and concludes with an additional assessment. Participants who successfully complete both sections of the course and pass all assessments achieve the necessary credential to become a Financial and Work Incentive Navigator.
• Financial and Work Incentives Navigators can formally provide financial and benefits planning services and may be able to bill Vocational Rehabilitation for these services.
Each week contains 2-3 lessons with a short weekly assessment. The web course is self-paced, which means you can complete the weekly course material at any time during the week. Lessons will be made available according to the course schedule.
You can expect each lesson to require 1-3 hours to complete. The total 8-week course will require 18-20 hours.
The Financial and Work Incentive Navigator training is divided into two sections. Section 1 is six weeks and provides the content necessary to be a resource specialist, which will allow you to address basic questions about work and benefits. Section 2 is week 7 & 8 and is for those who wish to be a Financial & Work Incentive Navigator, which involves helping beneficiaries who have simple benefit situations use the DB101 Benefits and Work Calculator to think through the impact of work on their benefits. The Financial & Work Incentive Navigator certification will allow you to provide these services for DVR.
Course materials are available through the AKTC Online Learning Portal at https://ttclms.remote-learner.net. This link is available to you after payment has been processed. Use the same username and password used when completing your registration.
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