May 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Passages Family Support
1700 S. Assembly Street Spokane
WA 99224
Jenny Crook

The goal of this one-day training is to teach service providers that employment is an important social determinate of health and achievable for people who experience disabilities. This training will further help service providers understand that people with disabilities can work and retain essential benefits, allowing them to move toward greater financial gain from employment. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the differences in how income affects the two social security cash disability benefits programs (Title II and Title XVI)
  2. Have a basic understanding of an Impairment Related Work Expense(IRWE) a Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS), and other work incentives
  3. Gain a general knowledge of the rules for Medicaid vs. Medicare, and the associated cash benefits programs
  4. Have a working description of how access to Medicaid may be essential in accessing and maintaining employment support services
  5. Learn how individuals can keep Medicaid Benefits and eliminate Spend-downs with Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities
  6. List how, where and why benefits planning is accessed
  7. Recognize that other means-based programs, such as housing and childcare subsidies, can also be affected by increases in income

This training is a collaborative effort between the Health Care Authority-Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) project funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

 The Trainer:


Scott Leonard has worked in the field of disabilities for over twenty years, focusing on services that support people with disabilities to become successfully employed. Employed as a benefits planner for 10 years through the King County Developmental Disabilities Division, he currently provides education and consultation to individuals, families, and organizations around public benefits, emphasizing that people can work and build wealth while maintaining critical services. Scott offers training and consultation on State and Federal benefits, including Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Home and Community Based Services, and Work Incentives. Scott holds a degree in Psychology and is trained in Benefits Planning and Outreach (BPAO) through Cornell University.

Additional Information:

  • Coffee and morning snacks will be provided 
  • Lunch will be on your own
  • Free parking on the premises
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