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.
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.
Admissions and Intake
Medicaid and Medicare
The impact of working on entitlements
Medicaid Waiver Services
Mental Health and Counseling Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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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.
Planning for the future
Special Needs Trusts
Understanding Social Security and Medicaid Benefits
Transitioning from school to work
Acquiring Assistive Technology
Rights and Responsibilities
and many more!
Benefits Planning Consultation and Asset Building
Shares, Inc. has three 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.
Shares, Inc. is committed to providing all staff competency-based training at the time of hire and annually thereafter. These trainings are designed to prepare the staff member for their role, in addition for staff to be confident and competent at their job.
Some of the required trainings include:
First Aid and CPR
Health and Safety
Overview to Disabilities
Rights of Person Served
Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Other trainings will be provided dependent on the department the staff is working.
The Social Service Department assists individuals who meet the eligibility for Shares, Inc. transportation in coordinating and arranging transportation to and from facility-based employment and other community-based activities. Shares, Inc. strives to meet the needs of our participants in a safe and efficient manner. Accommodations are available for those who require specialized transportation. Specialized transportation is available for those who require non-ambulatory transportation.