Public Benefits and the Transition to Employment Series:

Resources for People living with HIV/AIDS and Those Pursuing AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification

This series is prepared by the NYSDOH AIDS Institute to provide general information about the impact of earning income on a person’s eligibility for different public benefits. This information is especially important for people seeking certification and employment as an AIDS Institute Certified Peer Worker. Each individual’s circumstances are different and a number of factors may impact a person’s eligibility for public benefits, including their: health status; number of dependents; income to be earned; type of income; other resources or benefits received; and other factors. Individuals should consult with the appropriate benefits program representative, or other expert about their situation, prior to making decisions about accepting reimbursement for work as a Peer Worker.