2/10 Ticket to Work Webinar

Employment Options will present a free February 10, 2021 webinar on Common Benefit Questions in the SSA Ticket to Work Program. Topics include who is eligible for Ticket to Work, the difference between SSDI and SSI, rules for working while on SSDI, rules for working while on SSI, common questions and myths, how to report your earnings, and the stages of Ticket to Work. Find more information and register at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/.

1/27 SSA Ticket to Work Webinar

The Social Security Administration will present a January 27, 2021 Work Incentive Seminar Event webinar on Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You. The webinar will cover the free services and support available to eligible people with disabilities and share how you can evaluate the available service providers. Find more information and register at https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise.

12/16 SSA Work Incentive Webinar

The Social Security Adminstration will present a December 16, 2020 WISE (Work Incentive Seminar Event) webinar on Ticket to Work and Mental Health. The webinar will include SSA’s Ticket to Work Program, Ticket Program service providers, managing a job search, battling the winter blues, and how working will impact your SSDI income. WISE webinars are usually held every fourth Wednesday; stay informed about them at https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise. Find out more about the SSA Ticket to Work program and other SSA job search aids at https://choosework.ssa.gov/blog/2020-12-02-start-job-search-at-december-career-fair. Find details and register for the December 16 event at https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise/eventdetails.

New Kidney School Module on Work

MEI has added a new module (#17) to Kidney School on Kidney Failure and Your Work Life, covering work-friendly treatment options, how to keep a job or get back to work, talking to an employer about health issues, ways to deal with symptoms, accommodations and how to ask for them, and what to do about discrimination. Find MEI’s Kidney School at https://kidneyschool.org/mods/ and scroll down to find the new modules.

Fall 2020 Patient Newsletters

The Network 16 and Network 18 Patient Newsletters for Fall 2020 have been posted to the Network websites, in both English and Spanish. They include articles on the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (which is open through December 7, 2020), Vocational Rehabilitation, and Dialysis Facility Compare, plus short notes on heart health and fluid management, filing a grievance, and (free) subscriptions to the Network Newsletters and blog. The Network 18 Newsletter also includes a short note on volunteering to help the Network improve patient care. Find the English and Spanish versions of the latest Newsletters at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/quarterly-patient-newsletter.html for Network 16, and https://esrdnetwork18.org/patients/newsletters/ for Network 18.

11/19 Job Success Webinar

My Employment Options will host a free November 19, 2020 webinar on How To’s for Job Success and Career Advancement that will cover how to be successful in your job, advance in your career, ask for a raise, and leave with grace, whether you’re working from home or in the community. Find more information and register at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/.

10/21 SSA Ticket to Work Webinar

The Social Security Administration will present an October 21, 2020 webinar for recipients of SSA Disability benefits, on Working from Home with Ticket to Work. The webinar will describe the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. For details, registration, and recordings of past webinars, see https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise.

3RNet Rural Jobs Network

3RNet, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects health care facilities in rural or underserved areas and health professionals looking for work.  They have representatives or “members” in all fifty states, the Mariana Islands, the Veterans Administration, and the Indian Health Service.   Find these representatives, and full details about the organization for both facilities and professionals, at https://www.3rnet.org/.  The web pages specific to Networks 16 and 18 states are:

The Office of Rural Health at the Washington Department of Health is subsidizing the 2020 series of introductory 3RNet Academy courses so Washington healthcare facilities can attend for no charge:

  • October 6, 2020 – Recruiting for Retention: Using Candidate Motivations to Strategically Market
  • October 20, 2020 – Combating Isolation in Rural and Underserved Recruiting
  • November 3, 2020 – Compensation Trends for Providers: Balancing Financial and Lifestyle Needs
  • November 17, 2020 – Avoiding Burnout through a Managed Scope of Practice
  • December 1, 2020 – Recruiting for Team Based Care in Rural and Underserved Communities
  • December 15, 2020 – Building Support for Your Recruitment Efforts at the Local Level

Find more information about the 3RNet Academy and courses at https://academy/3rnet.org/why-attend.html and https://academy.3rnet.org/agenda.html.  Register at https://academy/3rnet.org/register.html using coupon code 2021WA at checkout.  The webinars will be recorded, so registrants can watch them on their own schedule.  For questions about 3RNet: info@3rnet.org or 800-787-2512.  For questions about the Washington program: Faith Johnson at faith.johnson@doh.wa.gov or 360-236-2815.

9/28 Free Job Fair

My Employment Options will hold a free September 28, 2020 Online Job Fair for their Ticket to Work clients, job-seekers with disabilities or other challenges, and anyone else who wants to attend.  Both work-at-home and on-site jobs will be included.  Find details and registration at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/register-for-virtual-job-fair/.

Find the Social Security Administration’s introduction to the Ticket to Work program at https://choosework.ssa.gov/about/how-it-works/index.html.

8/11 NCC Webinar on COVID-19 Work Safety

The ESRD National Coordinating Center will host a webinar at 1pm PDT August 11, 2020 on Health and Safety at Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic, presented by Comagine ESRD Network Patient Safety Director Lisa Hall and two patient Subject Matter Experts.  The webinar will provide workplace health and safety tips, review rehabilitation and employment services for people with kidney disease, and share kidney patients’ work experiences during the pandemic.  Find more details and register at https://esrdncc.org/covid-19/covid-webinars/.