Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Benefit Development Resource Guide

Type: pdf
Author: Revenue Support
Year of Publishing: 2011

The Benefit Development Resource Guide is designed to provide information about developing the benefits and entitlements necessary to fund services provided by OPWDD and other voluntary service providers.  It is not intended to be read from cover to cover, though those new to the topics discussed may wish to do so.  The guide is primarily intended to be used as a reference during the process of assisting individuals to develop the benefits necessary to fund their care.

This guide provides detailed information about conducting eligibility investigations and protecting assets, and applying for Medicaid, the Home and Community Based Services Waiver, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security benefits, Medicare, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

 The manual consists of the following sections:

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Benefit Development
  • Liability for Services
  • Medicaid
  • Home and Community Based Services Waiver
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Work Incentives
  • Medicare
  • SNAP (Formerly Known as Food Stamps)
  • Resource Management
  • Additional Resources

Each benefit section includes a discussion of eligibility requirements, outlines application processes, and references important forms and information, many of which are included as attachments in the Additional Resources section. 

Forms included as attachments are provided as samples to be used for reference only.  It is important that the most current versions of the forms be used.  Current forms may be obtained by contacting the benefit-paying agencies.