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Introducing DB101.org An interactive web site that provides people with disabilities an easy way to explore the possibility of work. Pathways to Employment Strategic Plan. Many people with disabilities don’t know is an option Paradigm shift is occurring - “You Can Work”

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Introducing DB101.orgAn interactive web site that provides people with disabilities an easy way to explore the possibility of work

pathways to employment strategic plan
Pathways to EmploymentStrategic Plan
  • Many people with disabilities don’t know is an option
  • Paradigm shift is occurring - “You Can Work”
  • An infrastructure change is needed to:
    • Meet projected growth
    • Support providers in implementing the change
    • Ensure clear, consistent messaging about work across the system
objective competitive employment at full capacity
ObjectiveCompetitive employment at full capacity

Invest in sustainable infrastructure to expand benefits planning and work incentive education and access so:

  • People with disabilities on public benefits get information when they want it and in the manner they choose so:
    • they can make informed choices about work,
    • manage their benefits and earnings, and
    • increase their financial well being.
objective competitive employment at full capacity1
ObjectiveCompetitive employment at full capacity

SYSTEMS LEVEL

  • Nobody is discouraged from pursuing work based on misinformation or lack of information

and in time…

  • Work becomes part of the plan – people are encouraged to explore work as a viable option to build wealth and expand community connections.
why disability benefits 101 db101
Why Disability Benefits 101 (DB101)?
  • Person-centered
  • Info under one roof
  • Sustainable
  • Web based
  • Accessible
  • Can connect into a more coordinated system
who can benefit
People With Disabilities who

Don’t know they can work

Don’t think competitive employment is an option

Keep earned income low to maintain public benefits (SGA)

Are working but considering a change in pay or benefits

Are planning for their future

Support Network

Vocation Rehab

Workforce Centers

Employment Networks

Benefit Counselors

Social Security Admin

Counties

Medical community

Family

Advocacy Organizations

Who Can Benefit?
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How it can be Used

  • Independently
  • Accessed directly by people with disabilities & their families to:
  • explore
  • create plans
  • identify options
  • connect to help & other resources
  • Facilitated
  • Used by those who support people with disabilities to:
  • gather information
  • explore possibility
  • debunk myths
  • plan for work
  • streamline workflow
  • Professional
  • A comprehensive resource to use for:
  • staff/agency training
  • outreach
  • reference
  • recruitment
db101 supports the consumer throughout their process to help move them to gainful employment
DB101 supports the Consumer throughout their process to help move them to gainful employment

Use DB101 to alleviate fears; educate; identify scenarios; find resources; build plans; move into action

db101 new tools for success
Major Features:

Content / Information / Resources

Educational information & case studies

Links to forms & applications

Helps learner make connections & find resources

Estimators

Interactive tools to help estimate how employment & other life changes impact income & benefits

Series of questions, providing tips, resources & other information along the way

Credible, individualized results

Communication Tools

Tools to support content & technical needs

Forums to interact with others within the network and to easily share information

DB101: New Tools for Success
what db101 can do
What DB101 Can Do
  • Create an individualized plan to help users prepare for work or return to work & achievehigher earnings
  • Identify program interactions, as well as work incentives for which consumer may be eligible
  • Provide “Next Steps”and relevant information to help the user know exactly what to do when
  • Allow the user to view income over time so as to help foster longer-range planning & facilitate financial literacy
  • Provide objective reinforcement of professionals’ counseling
  • Offer a single source for multiple relevant resources & information
help center
Help Center
  • Phone, Live Chat, E-Mail
  • Real Time Support for
    • content questions / needs
    • technical assistance
    • customer benefit data
  • Reduces professionals’ call time to agencies, such as SSA
  • Access to broad & powerful resources of DLL & MNHelp Information Network
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Overview of Content Areas1. Program / Topical Information2. Glossary3. Life Situations4. News & Articles

1 program topical information
1. Program / Topical Information
  • Educational reference source
  • Links to forms & applications
  • Understandable language – user friendly

Initial content:

  • Income Support
    • SSDI
    • SSI/MSA
  • Health Coverage
    • MA
    • MA-EPD
    • Medicare
    • Waiver Programs
1 a basic detailed information
1.a Basic & Detailed Information

Excellent as a quick reference or to research details

1 b examples resources faqs pitfalls
1.B Examples, Resources, FAQs & “Pitfalls”
  • Real-life examples & stories reinforce learning
  • Single source for multiple relevant resources
  • Compiles & identifies common questions & concerns
glossary
Glossary
  • Comprehensive
  • Understandable language – user friendly
  • Alphabetical AND by Topic
  • Links to other relevant sites (NOTE: opens separate window)
  • Direct links to glossary definitions throughout site
life situations
Life Situations
  • Case Studies in narrative format
  • Variety of scenarios: Newly Diagnosed; Youth & Disability; Workforce Re-entry; Sudden Onset
  • Helps users apply concepts & understand potential next steps
  • Clearly identifies “pitfalls” to help educate & prepare
forums
Forums
  • Online discussion rooms with pre-defined subjects
  • Expands the way people can learn
  • Opportunity to share experiences, successes & build community
news articles
News & Articles
  • Easy access to current news & articles related to disabilities & benefits
  • Helps professionals & consumers stay on top of & share relevant information
integrated links create easy access
Integrated links create easy access
  • Applications
  • Forms
  • Manuals
  • Resources
  • Sites
  • Glossary
printer friendly e mail page
Printer-Friendly / E-mail Page
  • “Printer-Friendly” feature - a way to provide consumers printed information
  • “E-Mail Page” function – can email content to consumer and/or colleagues
estimators
Estimators
  • Interactive tools to help estimate how employment & other life changes impact income & benefits
  • Series of questions, providing tips & other information along the way
  • Credible, individualized results

All estimators are user-friendly and let you

  • Confirm your answers before you submit
  • Allow you to skip questions
  • Continually show you where you are in the process
  • Provide content and usability “Tips” along the way
enter individual information
Enter Individual Information

REMEMBER: All estimators let you

  • Confirm your answers before you submit
  • Allow you to skip questions
  • Continually show you where you are in the process
  • Provide content and usability “Tips” along the way
ma epd estimator results
MA-EPD Estimator Results

After answering a handful of questions, the estimator will:

  • Tell you if you qualify for

MA-EPD & monthly costs

  • Provide Tips & Next Steps
benefits to work estimator
Benefits to Work Estimator

The Benefits to Work Estimator:

  • provides a financial / benefits picture of different work scenarios based on individualized information
  • informs you of various work incentives, health coverage, etc. available to your specific situation(s)
  • allows you to create & save multiple plans & compare different options over time
  • references valuable resources and suggested “next steps”
three easy steps
Three Easy Steps
  • Enter individual information
    • Household & health coverage information
    • Income & Resources
  • Create a Plan
    • Potential job income & work expenses
    • Other work detail
  • Receive Results
    • Estimator combines information to create a financial picture
    • Directly answers questions such as:
      • “Will this work help me be better off financially?”
      • “What do I need to do to become better off?”
    • Presents benefits and work incentives for which you may be eligible
    • Save the Plan for future reviewing, revising, comparison to other options you create
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1. Enter individual information

  • Household & health coverage information
  • Income & Resources
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2. Create a Plan

  • Hypothetical and/or real
  • Compare multiple options
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3. Receive Results

  • Estimator will calculate robust sets of possibilities
  • Will provide graphical summary along with more detailed information
  • If you are not better-off financially, the estimator will identify what you need to do to be better off
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Results generate:

  • Timeline – to review how your plan works over time
  • To Dos - to help users remember what they need to manage their benefits
  • Tips – helpful suggestions
  • Next Steps – to provide support for your plan
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Results provide detailed financial summaries to help with planning, budgeting & financial literacy; reports include:

  • Income / Expenses

Spreadsheets –

monthly & annually

  • Health Coverage &

Benefits Details

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Build full reports of all information in the plan

  • Can be saved in pdf format that can be e-mailed and/or printed
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Sessions can be saved & retrieved for later reference & comparisons

  • Sessions & data are private & saved with usernames/passwords that you choose & control(Note: username/password are case sensitive)

Username & Password are case sensitive

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You can:

  • Create a Different Plan
  • Compare results between

plans

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Make Changes in this plan -

  • Add Another Job
  • Change plan’s basics
  • Add future changes
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If in your plan you are not better off, the Estimator will help you:

  • identify what you need to do to be better off financially
  • compare the options
db101 development more to come
DB101 Development: More to come…

Usability Re-design

  • New features, functions, and look based on feedback

Estimators

  • Professional Versions of all Estimators
  • School to Work Estimator
  • Simplified Benefits to Work Estimator

Content

  • 10 new content sections
  • 4 Life Situations
  • 4 Close Ups
building the system adopting db101 into business practices

Building the SystemAdopting DB101 into business practices

  • User Support System
  • Service Network Adoption
  • Benefits Planning System
benefits planning system design
Benefits Planning System Design

Goal:

  • Increase capacity of MN’s benefits planning system by expanding information access, streamlining services, and building cohesive messaging.

IR&A System Design components:

  • MN Work Incentives Connection
  • Disability Linkage Line
  • Disability Benefits 101
  • MnHelp.info
user support help center dll
What it provides:

Real time support for:

content questions, understanding next steps, interpreting results

technical assistance

public benefits data needed for estimators

Access to broad and powerful resource of DLL and MnHelp Information Network.

User Support: Help Center (DLL)
system technology
System Technology
  • Built on Revation which connects the network through :
    • Live Chat
    • VOIP
    • secure email
    • virtual presence to connect the network
  • In 2008 network was expanded to include:
    • Benefits Look Up Group
    • Mn WIC
mnwic dll db101 coordination
MNWIC/DLL/DB101 Coordination

Working collectively to identify :

  • Where the DLL, DB101 & WIC functions fit into the continuum of services for people with disabilities exploring and retaining work
  • Create a cohesive, streamlined experience for the consumer
  • How the functions can support each other to increase system capacity
  • Shared messaging & protocols
field testing
Field Testing

Understanding tool application and adoption within our work

  • VR – Rochester and Winona
  • RISE
  • VR Power user group
  • Others