As part of the Employment First initiative, the New York Employment Service
System (NYESS) team has been working over the last several months to
develop a series of tools that will directly benefit individuals with
disabilities who are either working or are determining whether to seek
employment. To this end, we are pleased to announce the roll out of a
unique approach to benefits advisement that will initially seek to assist
individuals with wage reporting, the 1619b program, the Medicaid Buy-In
Program, and in the near future will assist with other benefits and work
incentives.

In preparation for the roll out of this process in the first quarter of
2018, we are initially inviting all *professionals* who support individuals
with disabilities to attend a webinar to learn more about the process
design, to understand what your role will be as a provider/advocate, and to
obtain an overview of each benefit that will be addressed in the
process. This webinar will occur on: *January 16th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.*

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Then, on *January 30th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.*, we are asking *providers*, as well
as *individuals with disabilities*, to attend a detailed webinar on each of
the work incentives and components that we are addressing through this
campaign. We will be sending an e-mail directly to individuals who have an
active e-mail in NYESS, but we encourage you to also invite individuals who
may not be reached through that outreach, and then update their information
in NYESS so they will receive future communications.

We cordially invite all individuals, advocates, and providers to attend
this 2nd webinar, as well as to share the webinar date with the numerous
New Yorkers with disabilities who are seeking employment, or thinking about
obtaining employment. At that time, we will walk attendees through all the
steps that parties involved in the process will need to complete. Webinar
information for this event is located here:

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Please register for the events ahead of time by clicking on the links
above, and please share within your networks of contacts. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Andrew Karhan
Director of Employment Policy, NYESS
Project Director, PROMISE
Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue, 8th Floor, Albany, New York 12229
andrew.karhan@omh.ny.gov