Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

Background:

The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 authorized Social Security to award grants, contracts or cooperative agreements to provide community-based work incentives expertise to beneficiaries of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability.  We awarded 95 cooperative agreements throughout every State, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These projects will begin providing services to beneficiaries in August of 2013. You may find contact information for these projects on http://choosework.net.

Services:

The goal of the WIPA program is to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work, and to support working beneficiaries to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.  Each WIPA project has Community Work Incentives Coordinators who will:

  • provide in-depth counseling about benefits and the effect of work on those benefits;

  • conduct outreach efforts to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI (and their families) who are potentially eligible to participate in Federal or State work incentives programs; and

  • work in cooperation with Federal, State, and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve disabled SSI and SSDI beneficiaries.

Training for WIPA staff on Social Security work incentives and other benefit programs:

The Social Security Administration has a contract with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide training and technical support to the WIPA project staff.  You may visit VCU’s website at http://www.vcu-ntc.org/.