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Counseling and Social Services

Social Services staff are available to facilitate participants' programs and services and maximize their participation so that they can develop their skills to their fullest potential.

Service Coordination

Shares, Inc. provides Service Coordination to assist all individuals from the intake process through their on-going programming needs. They will also help you locate services that are not available at Shares, Inc. and make referrals on your behalf. Service Coordinators also provide counseling and support to help you cope with any personal or work problems, achieve self-awareness, develop decision making skills, foster self-advocacy, and acquire help you reach your maximum potential. Lastly, Service Coordinators are trained to help you understand your benefits, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

Self-Advocacy and Empowerment

Shares, Inc. supports and empowers people with disabilities as they understand and exercise their civil rights and enhance their communities' knowledge of disability issues.

Self-advocacy is encouraged through:

  • Meetings and conferences
  • Participation on Shares, Inc. Board Committees
  • Service club memberships
  • Shares, Inc. Consumer Advisory Councils
  • Disabilities Awareness activities

Information and Referral

Information and referral assistance can be provided upon request on available local and state-wide resources.

  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • SSDI
  • SSI
  • Medicaid Waivers
  • The impact of working on entitlements
  • Medicaid Waiver Services
  • Mental Health and Counseling Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Resource Library

Our Social Services department maintains an up-to-date library of resources and information on topics that are important to individuals with disabilities and their families.

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Planning for the future
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Understanding Social Security and Medicaid Benefits
  • Guardianship
  • Community Resources
  • Transitioning from school to work
  • Building independence
  • Acquiring Assistive Technology
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Self-determination
  • Voting Rights

and many more!

Benefits Planning Consultation and Asset Building

Shares, Inc. has four staff members who are certified as Benefits Information Network Liaisons. These employees have participated in trainings on all federal and state benefit programs, such as SSDI, SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid. They can work with beneficiaries in order to provide them important information and support on available work incentives that can be utilized so that the individual's vocational dreams can be achieved.

Transportation

The Social Service Department assists individuals in coordinating and arranging transportation for employment and other community services. Transportation is available using Shares, Inc. vehicles to meet individual needs.

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