The first step for the SMI individual who is seeking employment is to make an appointment with a supported employment specialist. During the meeting, the individual needs to describe his or her financial benefits in detail, prior employment history, and current financial situation. Laws regarding changes in financial benefits that result after an individual is employed depend on the type of working employment obtained (e.g., part-time vs. full-time work) and the length of time employed, which can vary state by state. The employment specialist will advise the individual about possible loss of financial benefits before starting the supported employment process. View more information on training to become a supported employment specialist.