Why is Benefits Counseling important?
Early education about disability benefits is an important aspect of successful transition planning for students with disabilities moving from school to work. Since a number of transition-age students receive or may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, increased knowledge about SSI work incentives that are available to them will prepare transitioning youth for addressing health care and benefits coverage as they move toward employment and independent living.
Meet our Benefits Counselor
Certified Benefits Counselor
Regina Jones joined The Arc Southern Maryland in 2007. Since then, she has worked with individuals with disabilities, assisting them in obtaining and maintaining their Social Security Benefits, medical health care, and advocacy services. Ms. Jones educates beneficiaries, families, and support team members about Social Security work incentives and encourages financial independence.
Ms. Jones has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems Management and was certified as a Maryland Benefits Counselor through the Maryland Department of Disabilities and as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) through the Social Security Administration in 2016.
Benefits Counselor Role
My role as your Benefits Counselor is to work with you on better understanding your Social Security benefits, health care benefits, and work incentives and to enable you to make informed choices about your employment goals.
I will provide:
- Work incentive planning and assistance to prepare students for work or to help ensure needed benefits;
- Counseling to eliminate the fear of losing benefits due to in-school and post-school employment; and
- Counseling on use of SSA work incentives to save resources for personal employability investment account before a student graduates.
For more more info and FAQs, view our Benefits Counseling brochure.
For more information, contact Regina Jones, Certified Benefits Counselor
Phone: (410) 535-2413, ext. 209