Frequently Asked Questions About Benefits Analysis
Who should be referred for Benefits Analysis?
Benefits Analysis is appropriate for:
- Consumers involved in vocational plan development
- Transition students/parents participating in summer youth employment
- Transition youth nearing an 18th birthday when benefits eligibility will be redetermined
- Consumers participating in job development
- Consumers seeking employment
- Consumers who have been offered employment or who are currently working. Benefits Analysis will assist the consumer in accurately reporting required information to the Social Security Administration
Will the consumer lose benefits if they have a Benefits Analysis completed?
- No, participating in Benefits Analysis will not cause the consumer to lose benefits. The analysis will help the consumer understand how work income will affect his/her benefits.
What can the consumer expect from a Benefits Analysis report?
- an individualized report that can be explained to the consumer by the Analyst
- a 2 -3 page narrative report that includes specific work incentives available to the consumer
- a summary report that provides a quick overview of information the consumer needs to make informed decisions about work
- a follow-up appointment, provided upon request, to discuss the Benefits Analysis report
Is it true that a consumer can earn only a maximum of $1,000 to maintain SSDI benefits?
- No, this is not true. Every consumer's situation is individualized.
Will the Benefits Analyst report to Social Security that a consumer is working?
- No, it is not the responsibility of the Benefits Analyst to report to Social Security that a consumer is wokring. The consumer files these reports. The Analyst will provide the consumer with forms and can help him or her to report income to Social Security.
How are consumers interested in Benefits Analysis referred to EnterpriseWorks for this service?
- A consumer's O.O.D. (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency) counselor can contact EnterpriseWorks to refer a consumer for this service.
EnterpriseWorks provides Benefits Analysis to all consumers, not just those pursuing self-employment.
What happens to information given to the Benefits Analyst?
- The consumer will be asked to sign a minimum of two release of information forms with the Social Security Administration. All information gathered for Bnefits Analysis will be used for the Benefits Analysis report provided to the consumer.
Does EnterpriseWorks provide other financial incentive benefits services?
- Yes, EnterpriseWorks assists consumers with development and implementation of PASS and PESS plans.