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Beth Keeton

Putting Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefits to Work: The Path to Financial Self-Sufficiency

Presented By:
Beth Keeton, M.S., Griffin-Hammis Associates
September 26, 2018

This webcast provides an overview of the key SSA benefit programs, and how to maximize overall income and economic self-sufficiency while maintaining health care benefits. Discussion will include examples of key work incentives with particular emphasis on Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS). Throughout the country, job-seekers have used PASS funds to secure and create jobs in communities of all sizes, and even to launch their own small businesses.  Join us to learn how it’s possible to go beyond maintaining SSA benefits and instead use them as a vehicle to jumpstart brighter financial futures. 

Presenter:  Beth Keeton, M.S., Executive Director, Griffin-Hammis Associates

For the last 20 years, Beth has provided extensive training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies on systems change, customized employment, self-employment, systematic instruction, and benefits analysis. Her work includes the development and implementation of statewide self-employment provider certification programs in Texas and Florida as well as the development of online benefits training programs promoting financial self-sufficiency through employment and work incentive utilization. Beth served as a national Subject Matter Expert for the WIOA-mandated Congressional Advisory Committee for Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and she works with states throughout the country to develop systems and supports that enhance competitive integrated employment opportunities for all citizens with disabilities. Beth co-wrote Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities, and is a co-author of the recently revised Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities. She earned her Master's Degree from the University of Oregon in 1996 and became a Certified Benefits Planner through Cornell University in 2007.


SSA:  Social Security Administration

SSI:  Supplemental Security Income

SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance

SGA:  Substantial Gainful Activity

WI:   Work Incentives

BFF:  Benefits Fun Facts!