WDBN – Wisconsin Disability Benefits Network

The WDBN provides training, technical assistance and a professional forum for Benefit Specialists throughout Wisconsin.

The WDBN seeks ways to reach out and better serve people with disabilities, their supporters and professional service providers regarding the impact of employment on government benefits.

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The WDBN provides training, technical assistance and a professional forum for Benefit specialists throughout Wisconsin. The WDBN seeks ways to reach out and better serve people with disabilities, their supporters and professional service providers regarding the impact of employment on government benefits.

The WDBN Exists to:

  • Train Work Incentives Benefits Specialists (WIBS)

    • Intensive initial training
    • Close mentoring and work reviews for initial year of practice
    • Ongoing technical assistance and support
    • Training and networking events
    • Seminars and workshops
    • Online technical resources and current news
  • Train Benefits Specialists in partnership with Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) and Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR)
    • Intensive initial training
    • Online Training Curriculum
    • Seminars and workshops
    • Networking events
    • Quality assurance initiatives
  • Educate consumers, social service professionals, and public regarding public
    benefit programs, work incentives and the relationship of employment on public
    benefits.

    • Conference participation including displays and exhibits
    • Agency In-service training
    • Seminars and workshops
    • Web resources and newsletter
  • Participate in quality assurance standard development. Initiatives include:
    • Development of standards of practice that will offer a level of protection
      for consumers; professional recognition for practitioners; and quality assurance
      for purchasers and employers.
    • Wisconsin Work Incentives Benefits Specialists Association (WIBSA) members who maintain a prescribed level of training, adopt a code of
      conduct, and participate in a peer review process

Following is a list of ERI program staff:

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Stephanie Drum, Project Director
608.246-3444 x229

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Megan Koch, Benefits Counseling Services and Outreach Lead
608.246-3444 x230

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John Benbow, Research and Curriculum Specialist

Do you have questions about the WDBN or benefits counseling services? Contact us today.

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