Public Benefits and Work Supports
Getting Your Benefits Back
Many SSA disability beneficiaries want to return to work, but are concerned about their ability to retain long-term employment. This is a legitimate concern, and SSA now offers a solution for individuals who return to work and have their benefits terminated, then lose their job due to their disability. If this happens, there is an option for a fairly rapid return to benefits called Expedited Reinstatement (EXR). EXR allows former beneficiaries whose benefits were terminated due to work activity to return to benefits, if eligible, within a 60-month period from the time of termination.
Creating a Drug-Free Workplace
Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has many resources to help employers implement policies on psychiatric and substance abuse issues as part of an organization’s overall health and wellness policies. SAMSHA's online Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit provides extensive guidance to support carrying out and evaluating a Drug-Free Program. The Toolkit includes training resources, intervention strategies and legal factors to consider when implementing policies.
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Financial Capability Survey for Veterans
Over the past several years, National Disability Institute (NDI) has worked to improve the overall financial wellness of Veterans, service members and their families. NDI has chosen May, which is recognized as National Military Appreciation month, to launch its new Financial Capability Survey for Veterans and their families. The information collected from the online survey will assist NDI and its partners in developing and improving access to free financial services and tax education programs for Veterans, their families and related organizations.
Money and Mental Health
Managing money with limited resources can be stressful. For individuals with a mental health diagnosis, financial situations may be even more difficult to manage due to an increase in medical costs. Mental Health America (MHA) has identified simple steps to help individuals manage their money. These steps teach how to develop a spending plan, find help and learn how to save.
Improving Well-being through Work
May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. During this time, individuals can improve their overall sense of well-being by taking steps towards employment. Volunteering can often be the first step towards working. It can give you a renewed sense of purpose and confidence that can lead to a job and increased income. To explore other ways to prepare for a job and career, read the Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work.
ABLE Update: States Thinking Creatively about How to Best Develop Programs
To date, over 40 states have passed ABLE-related legislation. These states have started to think creatively about how best to address the financial challenges associated with developing a state run program and keeping these accounts financially accessible. One solution being pursued is the “ABLE consortium” concept. So far, nine states, including Alaska, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, have elected to band together in an effort to provide their residents with access to ABLE accounts in a cost-effective manner. By combining resources, they hope to obtain a wider range of investment options for beneficiaries and more effectively market their program(s), while keeping end costs to a minimum. For the most up-to-date information concerning ABLE accounts and programs, please visit the ABLE National Resource Center.
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