Working with Transition Aged Youth
Length: One credit hour
When working with Transition Aged Youth, one must necessarily be familiar with the Age 18 Redetermination, the Student Earned Income Exclusion and Section 301. We will begin with a discussion of these three important provisions for every youth receiving SSI benefits and show how each can be used in an effort to maintain both cash and health benefits while aiming to transition to work.
The discussion will then change focus to the beginning of a work effort, making the youth a worker, finding necessary supports and dealing with the potential reduction and/or loss of cash benefits. Medicaid coverage can be preserved during this transition with little difficulty and will help balance this challenge and risk for the parents involved. Finally, safety to insure that all benefits can be restored in the event that the work effort falls or is stopped or slowed by an exacerbation of the underlying impairments.
Ellyce Anapolsky is currently a staff attorney at the Legal Council for Health Justice. Since 2004, she has represented clients primarily in SSI and SSDI benefit cases. Ellyce also plays a significant role in training individuals, attorneys and medical staff on issues involving Medicare, Social Security and other benefits matters. Ellyce graduated cum laude from John Marshall Law School where she received an Exemplary Public Service Award from Equal Justice Works as well as an Equal Justice America Fellowship.
Raymond A. Cebulla, III J.D. received his law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1982 and has spent 23 years working with legal services and protection and advocacy programs providing direct representation to disabled individuals having legal issues with the Social Security Administration. He became part of Cornell University’s WISC team in 2000, his written materials include “Mapping the Path to Work”, to be published by AAIDD, Chapter 23, NOSSCR Social Security Practice Guide, 2012, "Interaction Among Unemployment Insurance, Welfare, Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits", Clearinghouse REVIEW, September-October, 2007.
Linda L. Landry is a staff attorney who has worked at the Disability Law Center since 1990. Her focus is on Social Security benefit issues and work incentives, as well as the related health benefits, MassHealth and Medicare. She has over 30 years of experience in legal advocacy in these areas, which has included individual representation, training, impact and policy work, class action litigation, and backup, support, and technical assistance to a statewide project of attorneys and advocates who represent individual Social Security and SSI disability benefits claimants. She writes and presents on a variety topics for local and national audiences. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and worked at Neighborhood Legal Services in the 1980s before coming to DLC. She received the NOSSCR Distinguished Service Award in 2006, the Massachusetts Bar Association Equal Access to Justice Award in 2011, and a Massachusetts Top Women of the Law Award in 2013.