This fall, members of our Public Benefits staff (Jennifer Mezey, Andrew Patterson, Westra Miller and Drake Hagner) will be leading training sessions during the annual D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Public Benefits Brown Bag Training Series. Each year, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Whitman-Walker Health and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless sponsor trainings for lawyers and caseworkers on a variety of public benefits programs, including TANF, Food Stamps (SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare, Alliance, the new Health Benefits Exchange, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI/SSI), and Unemployment Insurance. Staff from Legal Aid, Whitman-Walker and the Legal Clinic will be joined by attorneys from Bread for the City, DC Hunger Solutions and the AFL-CIO Claimant Advocacy Program in their presentations.
These trainings are hosted by the D.C. Bar and will be held at their office at 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 200. More information on the dates and times to come.
This year’s trainings will be particularly timely because they will take place when changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are being implemented and as the District is implementing the federal health care reform law. We will explain the changes in the law and their timing and discuss strategies for advocates who are working with clients who depend on these essential programs.