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Mental Health During Times of Crisis

In Blog, Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

If you, your family, or people you are working with are struggling with the news this week, you’re not alone. Almost everyone shares in the horror at this latest tragedy. Please know that it’s okay not to be okay. According to Mental Health America Wisconsin (pdf): What’s important right now is focusing on supporting one another and promoting healing within …

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Tips for Improving Your Financial Health

In Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, Financial Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

Some traditional barriers to employment have gone away. An increase in the number of people working from home since COVID-19, means people with disabilities don’t need to go to an office. They don’t have to find transportation. They often have the accommodations they need at home and often more flexible schedules. This gives people with disabilities more chances to find …

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Social Security Offers More Options for Getting Help

In Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Social Security Benefits by eri

Starting in early April, if you need to talk to someone at Social Security, you will have more options. Social Security will add more in-person appointments and offer in-person service for people without an appointment. During the pandemic, millions of people used Social Security’s secure and convenient online services and received help by phone and in their offices by appointment. As …

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Free Tax Preparation Services

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Tax Resources by eri

It’s tax time again. It’s good to know that you may need to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits. Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor and disability benefits. They don’t include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which aren’t taxable. You may be required to pay taxes in certain circumstances. Some examples include when you have income from other …

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Gifts and Social Security Benefits

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Seasonal Favorite by eri

This holiday season, we hope you enjoy many gifts. Sometimes the best gifts don’t come in packages, but if they do, it’s a good idea to learn how gifts are viewed by Social Security for the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) programs. Gifts Don’t Affect SSDI At AllLet’s start with the easy one: SSDI. Gifts …

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Learn, Explore, Take Action! How to Use High School to Jumpstart Your Future

In Blog, Featured, News, Teen Tips by eri

Hey Teens and Parents: Learn, Explore, Take Action!We’ve always known high school is more than going to classes, and the shift to online learning due to COVID is proving it! High school is about learning who you are, exploring what you want to be as an adult, and taking actions to have the life you want. If you’re a teen …

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How to Ace Your Online Interview

In Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

So, you landed an interview and you’re ready to meet your (hopefully) future employer. The usual questions run through your head… What do I say? What should I wear? How do I get there? Wait… these days… “getting there” might mean showing up in your own living room! If you’re not used to online communication, the idea of an online …

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Time to Make a Change? Ticket to Work Can Help!

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Ticket to Work Articles by eri

Times are changing. We’re moving forward into a year of opportunities, stronger with lessons learned from 2020 about new ways to work and live as valuable members of our communities. As we transition from a year of social distancing and high unemployment, this may be the perfect time for you to think about your long-term work and financial goals. It …

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When You Have a Mental Health Disability and Need Benefits….

In Benefits Articles, Featured, Mental Health Resources, Social Security Benefits by eri

Complex. Confusing. Overwhelming.  These are just a few of the words used to describe what it’s like to have a mental health disability and apply for Social Security and Medicaid benefits. Some people are able to navigate the application process on their own or with the help of family and friends. Others may need a little more support.  Jolin, a …

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Living with Depression: Creative Solutions for Work

In Employment Articles, Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by ERI Webmaster

An important part of living well with depression is to engage in as many regular daily activities as possible, including work.  For many, the satisfaction and security of work leads to positive self-esteem, and being part of a work team can create a sense of belonging. But. . . you may not feel positive or that you belong at work …