This session will focus on a pilot program developed by our agency to help individuals who want to work competitively, but are unsure of the impact earning income will have on their government benefits. Through benefit counseling, we work with community partners to help individuals understand the impacts on various programs, such as Social Security, Medicaid, Waiver and SNAP. While other entities just focus on one piece of this puzzle, we are bringing outside stakeholders to the table to approach it in a holistic manner. Our session will review the different government benefits and then dive deeper into how competitive employment can have a positive or negative impact on total monthly income. We will also review the various programs offered to individuals who are employed to retain benefits and savings so they do not go over the designated asset limit. We will provide multiple examples, scenarios and success stories of people we have assisted.