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Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

Pennsylvania CLE credits will be available to attorneys who actively participate in webinars and indicate their participation through polls displayed periodically during the webinars.

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Friday, September 18
 

2:00pm EDT

Immigrant Access to Public Benefits
This workshop will provide an overview of immigrant eligibility for major public benefits programs and will provide the latest updates on recent proposals to restrict immigrant access to public benefits, including recent changes to public charge and sponsor deeming policies.

Speakers
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Maripat Pileggi

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Maripat Pileggi joined Community Legal Services Inc. in 2007 as a staff attorney in the Health and Independence Unit. She works with clients to resolve legal problems that arise in many different government benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration, Department of... Read More →



Friday September 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, September 24
 

10:00am EDT

Navigating Disability Benefits for Veterans: Initial Application Through Appeals
Benefits available to veterans from VA can be extremely helpful. However, the process of applying for, and appealing denials of, these benefits, is a daunting administrative process. During this training, we will address how to navigate VA processes, elements of a claim, medical evidence, and best, practical strategies to advocate for and represent veterans.

Speakers
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Richard Prebil

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Richard Prebil is a Staff Attorney in (and helped establish) the Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP). VAP, through a client-centered, culturally-competent, dignity-focused, trauma-informed legal practice, provides specialized assistance... Read More →



Thursday September 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom .
 
Monday, September 28
 

10:00am EDT

TANF and SNAP Employment and Training Program Revamp
DHS spent over a year working on a redesign of its TANF and SNAP E & T programs. Basically, these changes abandon the "work first" approach, and it's emphasis on rapid attachment to the work force, and instead focus on assessment, barrier removal, and education/training. Most of these changes are being implemented through modifications to the contracts with EARN programs. In addition, the Work Ready program has been repurposed to focus solely on Extended TANF families. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2020. In this session we will talk in more detail about the programmatic changes as well as various E & T policy changes intended to facilitate the revamp. The COVID pandemic has impacted both the ability of clients to participate in E & T activities and the manner in which they participate. E & T providers are attempting to serve clients remotely, which raises numerous issues that we will explore in the session.

Speakers
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Louise Hayes

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Supervising Attorney
Louise Hayes has been an attorney at CLS’s North Philadelphia Law Center since 1997, when she joined CLS as an Independence Foundation Fellow. While helping CLS clients get and keep a range of public benefits, her expertise is in SNAP and cash assistance programs, including programs... Read More →
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Peter Zurflieh

Community Justice Project



Monday September 28, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, October 15
 

10:00am EDT

Child Care Update
Congress several years ago reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The Reauthorization included numerous family friendly changes to eligibility requirements for subsidized child care, which DHS and OCDEL are still in the process of implementing.

In this session we will review these important changes. We will also cover child care subsidy eligibility, including "doors to child care," i.e., who is served by each of PA's three subsidized child care programs - TANF, SNAP, and ELRC (formerly CCIS) - as well as how and under what circumstances parents can transition from one program to another.

Child care programs have been severely impacted by the COVID pandemic, which has affected both the supply and the capacity of providers to serve children. This at a time when there will be greater demands for child care as many schools are relying on distance learning as part of their plans to reopen safely. The session will include discussion of these issues.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Hayes

Louise Hayes

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Supervising Attorney
Louise Hayes has been an attorney at CLS’s North Philadelphia Law Center since 1997, when she joined CLS as an Independence Foundation Fellow. While helping CLS clients get and keep a range of public benefits, her expertise is in SNAP and cash assistance programs, including programs... Read More →
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Peter Zurflieh

Community Justice Project



Thursday October 15, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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