Supplemental Security Income (SSI): An Introduction for Service Providers

Hosted on November 7, 2023, the training was delivered by Sarah Clarke, MSPH, coordinator for the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers and co-organizer of the North American Refugee Health Conference; Bayle Conrad, MPH, a Program Coordinator in the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Department at Harborview Medical Center; and, Kara Friesen is the Associate Director of Health Services at Nationalities Service Center (NSC).

Refugee and newcomer clients may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) depending on their age or health condition. However, applying for SSI is a long and complicated process. In this webinar, we will provide an introduction to SSI and address service providers’ frequently asked questions. This will include an overview of the process to apply for adult or child disability and key considerations while applying. Additionally, participants will learn tips based on service providers’ experience completing SSI applications with clients.

This webinar is designed for frontline and management staff of organizations serving refugees and other newcomers, particularly for staff responsible for or interested in health and wellness programming. Staff with all levels of health knowledge are welcome; you do not have to be a health expert to participate.

After watching this 90-minute session, you will be able to:
• Define what Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is and who is eligible
• Describe the SSI application process
• Name tips for assisting clients with SSI applications