In Partnership with The American College to Help More Families with Members with Special Needs
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 30, 2015 – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and The American College, the nation's premier educator of financial services professionals, announced today the establishment of the MassMutual Center for Special Needs.
The $2.5 million investment by MassMutual will establish the first academic center of its kind, serving as the nation's leading authority on life care planning for a person with a disability or other special needs. The mission of the Center is to elevate the knowledge of financial services professionals, equipping them to advocate for the economic security of individuals with disabilities across all stages of life.
More Options for Care-Providers
“Those caring for a person with a disability or other special needs will soon have more options for providing the best care possible to their loved one, while managing the needs of other family members,” said Mike Fanning, executive vice president, U.S. Insurance Group, MassMutual. “MassMutual is proud to partner with The American College to not only elevate financial professionals’ understanding of special needs planning, but also educate them to advocate for the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities across all life stages.”
MassMutual has long been at the forefront of special needs planning, and is entering into the second decade of its SpecialCareSM program. The program is an innovative outreach initiative that provides access to information, specialists, and financial products and services that can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and other special needs.
MassMutual has more than 500 active financial professionals who have earned the Special Care Planner certification*, with 150 of those having earned Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC™) designation. That number continues to grow, underscoring MassMutual’s commitment to help secure the futures of people with a disability or other special needs.
“The Center will enable us to expand curriculum and partnerships with the social services sector, and increase awareness of the planning options available for caregivers as well as their loved ones,” said Robert R. Johnson, PhD, CFA, CAIA, president and CEO of The American College.
“This gift, made possible through the generosity of MassMutual, reinforces The College's position as the premier learning institution for the financial services industry."
Chartered Special Needs Consultant
The Center is now open and currently accepting enrollees for the ChSNC™ designation program. *Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®) – a professional designation awarded to those individuals who’ve completed 120 hours of academic classes in addition to holding either Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations and previously completing the Special Care Planner certification program. The ChSNC designation was developed by The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The certification program and the professional designation evolved from MassMutual’s SpecialCare(SM) Program.