Benefits Counseling



Do you need help understanding your public benefits such as ssi/ssdi? Do you know what work incentives and asset beuilding programs are available to help?

The potential loss of benefits is one of the most persistent and pervasive fears among people with disabilities who are considering employment.

KCARC’S Benefits Counseling services are about equipping you to make informed choices about work, avoid over payments, manage changes in benefits, maintain health coverage, and know how to use available work incentives and asset building programs.

How do benefits couseling services work?

Identify & Verify

A Benefits Specialist will work with you to identify and verify your benefits situation in relationship to your goals. Benefits may include Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, energy assistance, and housing assistance.

Analyze, Assist & Assess

The specialist analyzes all the information and meets with you to review a summary of all the information in a written report you can take with you.  Our goal is for you to have a working understanding of how your benefits can help you reach your goals.  Benefit Counseling can help you manage how changes impact your benefits and remain informed about your choices and what’s ahead.

You should consider contacting a benefits specialist when you are..

  • Considering working for the first time;

  • Considering increasing earnings;

  • Considering re-entering the workforce;

  • Developing a career plan;

  • Actively job seeking;

  • Having problems with current benefits.

Community partner work incentive counselor certification

Tim Kirk oversees KCARC’s oversees KCARC’s Benefits Counseling and holds Community Partner Work Incentive Counselor Certification through Virginia Commonwealth University.  CPWIC certification recognizes the highest level of initial and ongoing training for Benefits Counseling.  KCARC offers Benefits Counseling in partnership with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services.