As a supervisor, you're not expected to be a benefits expert. However, it's important to provide staff with benefits information, resources and training. Start by reviewing the sample supervisor training plan below.
Know and understand the five key messages about work and benefits (outlined above).
Visit the Get ready section of the benefits planning toolkit.
Start by taking the benefits planning self-assessment for insight on your own thoughts and views regarding benefits and work. Discuss questions and results with other supervisors or managers.
Then, review the importance of benefits planning.
From there, review the training levels to determine the level of training needed for your entire agency and for specific staff members. It's expected that all agency staff complete Level 1 training: The basics. Staff who directly support people with disabilities in making informed choices about work should complete Level 2 training: Go deeper.
To see if it would be helpful for your agency to have a trained benefits coach, review Level 3 training: Benefits coach: For supervisors.
Review resources and tools to get familiar with the resources and tools available to your staff and the people they support.
Complete Level 1 training: The basics and review the related resources.
Consider other opportunities for benefits planning support. For example:
Also consider tying together benefits planning training and conversations with the E1MN waiver employment service providers training.