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Date: 
05/05/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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MCLE Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, via Winter Street

Due in part to the high cost of living, older adults in Massachusetts have the second lowest levels of economic security in the nation. This training provides an overview of the key public benefits programs to help older adults meet their basic needs. Experts review the basic eligibility rules for cash benefit programs like SSI and Social Security Insurance benefits, home-based care services from the Office of Elder Affairs, and health care programs like Medicare and MassHealth. It also provides a brief summary of other public benefits.

Date: 
04/22/2021 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
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MCLE Conference Center 10 Winter Place, via Winter Street

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, veterns, law advocates, legislative aides, and anyone else who wants to learn about the basics of state and federal veterans' benefits.

This training covers state veterans' benefits under M.G.L. c. 115 (administered by the Massachusetts Deperatment of Veterans' Services), and federal benefits for healthcare, service-connected disability compensation,a dn non-service-connected pensions (adminsited by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affaris). 

Date: 
04/08/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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This all-day training offers the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for benefits for non-citizen immigrants and refugees. The trainers include both immigration lawyers and legal experts in different public benefit programs. It covers basic information about immigrants in Massachusetts, how immigration status affects public benefits in general and an overview of the most commonly seen types of immigration status and documents.

Date: 
03/11/2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
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Unemployment insurance (UI) is a critical safety net during periods of joblessness. This seminar provides you with the expertise you need to understand the UI system and to help your clients get the UI benefits to which they are legally entitled. Our expert panel guides you through the entire UI system from eligibility criteria to the appeals process.

Date: 
03/03/2021 - 9:15am to 3:00pm
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This session is an overview focusing on various supplemental benefits and assistance programs which help working families and individuals to maximize their income and reduce their expenses. This training is designed as an overview of benefits. The subject areas are quite broad. This is not an in-depth analysis of any particular program. This training is for new and experienced legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about or get an update on this subject in order to help their clients.

Date: 
02/25/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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This training is designed to help attendees understand Medicaid and other subsidized health programs available to people under age 65 in Massachusetts. The program provides an overview of the eligibility requirements for MassHealth, ConnectorCare and other programs and the process for applying and enrolling in coverage. It also provides an update on any significant changes to health access programs in the prior year. It reviews the way MassHealth beneficiaries obtain access to covered services including changes in the delivery of MassHealth services by Accountable Care Organizations.

Date: 
02/03/2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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This training covers the broad range of topics that arise when low-income households are trying to initiate or protect their utility service, as well as pay their non-utility energy bills (oil, and propane).

Topics will include: how to start service and protect service from termination, how to restore terminated service, how to get on the low-income discount rate, payment plans, and arrearage management programs, funding sources that help pay utility bills, helping victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. and advocating for clients at the Department of Public Utilities.

Date: 
02/03/2021 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
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The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) remains the first line of defense against hunger for thousands of Massachusetts residents. Families and individuals often struggle with getting their SNAP applications and recertifications approved. Collecting all the required proofs, and having the required phone interview, can be overwhelming for an unrepresented household. Some of the most challenging cases involve the rules for immigrant-headed households as well as the rules impacting certain childless individuals.

Date: 
01/26/2021 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
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This training is for community and lay advocates, mediators, housing and legal advocates, and others interested in having a better understanding of tenants' rights in Massachusetts. The training focuses on evictions, getting repairs made, rents, and housing discrimination. While the eviction process part of the program applies to all tenants, the training focuses primarily on rights of tenants in private housing.

Materials include copy of the new edition of Legal Tactice: Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts.

Date: 
02/12/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)—the cash assistance program for families. The training provides an overview of program rules and information about recent changes. There will also be sessions on applying for TAFDC benefits, keeping TAFDC benefits, and child care.

Training materials include the TAFDC Advocacy Guide: An Advocate's Guide to the Massachusetts Welfare Rules for Families.

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