No matter what stage you are with futures planning, we’ve got you covered. Split into categories, this ongoing, curated resource lists the essentials on special needs trusts and futures planning; where to get started, what documents you need to secure benefits, plus relevant news to deepen your knowledge.
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Trust Director Tia Marsili talks about when and how parents should start planning the future of their child with disabilities. (e-publication, Page 28)
Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline, and how President Biden can help.
The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Transition POINTS program (Providing Opportunities, Information, Networking and Transition Support) offers families realistic, actionable information on decision making through the lifetime of their loved one with an intellectual disability.
The following guides are available:
- Early Intervention – Starting Life with your Child with a Disability
- Special Education – Getting the Most from Special Education
- Transition to Adult Services – Securing a Future for your Child with a Disability
- Employment – Entering the World of Work
- Housing – Finding a Home for Adults with Disabilities
- Aging – Aging with a Disability
Online listing for Virginia’s many social services assistance programs. Use CommonHelp to check assistance eligibility, submit applications, check or renew benefits and report household changes, or renew benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help the following who have little or no income: seniors, adults and children who are blind or have qualifying disabilities. SSI provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Use this site to learn more, check eligibility and apply for SSI.
This Arc’s National Policy Matters edition explores how Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicare and Medicaid related health insurance operates, the vital support they provide, and current policy proposals that may impact people with I/DD and their families.
The latest changes to Social Security.
SSA’s official checklist to help you complete the online Disability application.
A guide for family and friends serving as a representative payee (“rep payee”) or VA fiduciary. Taking on this responsibility makes you a fiduciary with fiduciary duties. You are managing money or property for someone else, and must act in their best interests.
DMAS breaks down how Medicaid and Medicare works, and how to apply for them.
A document that assesses whether the child with disabilities might be eligible for SSI or SSDI.
This 8-page document written by Disability Rights Maryland helps Medicaid applicants and recipients know their appeal rights if their services are denied, reduced, or terminated, and it provides guidance on how to pursue the Medicaid appeal process in Maryland.
How to Appeal a Denial, Reduction, or Termination of Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services
As a supplement to the more general guide on Medicaid service appeals, this document can be used in preparing for a hearing regarding Community First Choice (CFC) personal assistance services. It outlines the eligibility for the CFC program and the types of documents and evidence that you can prepare and use in a CFC hearing.
Medicaid Waiver Practical Guide
This guide explains explain how to apply for services for people with developmental disabilities. It will also explain what services are available, why there is a waiting list for services, who is most likely to be able to get services, who will help you, and what to expect once you are enrolled in the system.
Homesharing is an alternative way for people to meet their housing needs that provides numerous benefits to both homeowners and renters. The guide details the scenarios, consideration factors and how to get started.
The program provides minor home repairs to eligible low and moderate income elderly homeowners residing in the property, as well as accessibility modifications for homeowners with disabilities.
Roommate Agreements for SSI Application
Use these template documents to support your SSI application.
What it is and how it works.
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s resource on decision making and advance directive.
This resource covers adult guardianship law in Maryland and explains when a guardian can be appointed to act for a person who lacks the capacity to make decisions for herself/himself. It also lists many alternatives to a formal guardianship proceeding that may be more appropriate and less expensive than a formal guardianship.
Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which allows military members and retirees to irrevocably assign annuity payments from Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP) to a Special Needs Trust (SNT) for the benefit of their dependent child with disabilities. The SNT must be established as a Self-Funded (First-Party) SNT.
Navy Mutual Calculators
How to provide a survivor benefit for a child with a disability, and have it paid to a special needs trust for that child’s benefit.