Disability Benefits 101 (DB101)
1-866-333-2466 or online at http://mn.db101.org/
Minnesotans with disabilities want to work. However, many people with disabilities fear that if they go to work, they’ll lose needed health care and other disability benefits. With DB101 people can explore different ways to balance benefits and work.
DB101 helps people with disabilities learn how income may impact benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears, and ensure work is part of the plan.
Information – centralized and easy to understand, that:
- covers benefits programs and work incentives,
- supports a learning process,
- answers frequently asked questions, and
- addresses common pitfalls.
Estimators that tailors information to the user to:
- show connections between work and benefits,
- develop tailored plans,
- help set work goals,
- educate about work incentives and benefits the user may access, and
- offer tips for success.
Experts who can help:
- answer questions,
- access personal benefits information for estimator sessions,
- interpret results,
- understand next steps, and
- connect to community resources.
Use DB101 when:
- exploring work as an option,
- planning to work,
- starting a new job,
- changing jobs,
- negotiating a raise,
- using work incentives,
- working while in school, or
- transitioning from school to work.
Community Living Consultants
Community Living Consultants work statewide to inform residential care facilities and their residents about transitioning back into their communities. Consultants ensure that information about available community services and supports is available to residential care facilities. These facilities are encouraged by consultants to promote community transition for residents desiring to live independently.
Work and Benefits Specialists
There is an array of potential employment opportunities and benefits available to persons living with disabilities. Work and benefits specialist work with individuals to identify which benefits they may qualify for. They also explore work opportunities and programs that support employment to help consumers enter or return to the workforce. This promotes knowledge about existing programs and benefits, as well as promoting self-direction and financial stability for consumers.