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Work Incentive Planning and Assistance

WIPA is a grant funded program sponsored by the Social Security Administration that provides work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who want to pursue gainful employment/self employment.

Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) staff members who provide WIPA services are called Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs). They focus on you, your choices, your future, and especially your work goals.

CWICs disseminate accurate information to beneficiaries receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the work incentives available under these programs. This information will help individuals to make informed choices about employment/self employment including:

  • How available work incentives can facilitate their transition into the workforce; and
  • Information on the impact of earnings on other support programs, such as:
    – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    – Food Stamps
    – Federal Housing
    – Unemployment Insurance
    – Worker’s Compensation
    – Earned Income Tax Credit
    – Health Insurance

Work Incentives promote employment/self employment and greater independence for people with disabilities who are initially entering, or re-entering, the workforce.

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Work Incentives:
    • 1619(b) Continued Medicaid Eligibility
    • Student Earned Income Exclusion
    • Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS)
    • Earned Income Exclusion
    • Impairment Related Work Expense
    • Blind Work Expense
    • Expedited Reinstatement
    • Ticket to Work
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Work Incentives:
    • Trial Work Period
    • Extended Period of Eligibility
    • Extended Medicare Coverage
    • Impairment Related Work Expenses
    • Subsidies and Special Conditions
    • Expedited Reinstatement
    • Ticket to Work

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/.

WIPA is authorized in:

  • 42 USC §1320b-21, P.L. 106-170
    Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999
  • Pub. L. 108-203
    Social Security Protection Act of 2004

WIPA is administered and regulated by:

  • Social Security Administration
    Office of Acquisition and Grants
    7111 Security Blvd., 1st Floor Rear Entrance
    Baltimore, MD 21244
    Telephone: 410-965-9469 / Fax: 410-966-9310

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