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Trainings for Community Advocates

The following is a list of upcoming trainings that may be of interest to legal advocates in Massachusetts who handle poverty law issues, or to social services advocates who help low-income clients seeking legal help and information. Click on the title of the training for more information, including location.
Training Description Date/Time
CORI: Basics of the NEW Criminal Justice Reform Law

This seminar provides and overview of criminal justice reform that becomes effective in October 2018, such as related to criminal offender record information (CORI), employment, driver licenses, housing and other collatera consequences.


10/22/2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
SSI & SSDI Basics

Social Security disability programs continue to be a major source of cash and health benefits for individuals with disabillities. However, dealing with a large federal agency can be daunting and overwhelming, especially for an unrepresented claimant....

11/06/2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Overview of the TAFDC Program, Massachusetts' Cash Assistance Program for Families

This training is for legal services advoates lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community actisits who want to learn about TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children) - the cash assistance program for...

12/12/2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Tenants' Rights

This training is for community and law advocates, meiators, housing and legal advocates, and other interested in having a better understanding of tenant's rights in Massachusetts.

The training focuses on tenants' rights before moiving in, security...

01/21/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
SNAP/Food Stamps Advocacy 101

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 indivduals often struggle with getting their...

02/05/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Utilities - Advocacy for Low-Income Households

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...

02/05/2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Health Care Access Programs

This program is desgined to help attendees understand MEdicaid and other subsidized health programs available to people under age 65 in Masschusetts.

The morning program provides an overview of the eligibility requirements for MassHealth,...

02/27/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Income Maximization for the Working Poor

This session is an overview focusing on various supplemental benefits and assistance progrmas which help working families and individuals to mximize their income and reduce their expensises.

The first part is presented in a lecture format and the...

03/04/2020 - 9:15am to 3:00pm
Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance (UI) is a critical safety net suring 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 tow hich they are legally entitled. 

03/12/2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Immigrants and Public Benefits

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...

04/02/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
State and Federal Veterans' Benefits

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.

04/23/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Elder Benefits Programs

In these hard times, elders in Massachusetts depend on a variety of benefits programs to meet their income and health needs. These include income supplement programs, retirement benefits, home-based care services, and health care programs.


05/13/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

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