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Work Incentives Planning and Assistance « Mississippi Community Resource Directory

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance


Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

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WORK INCENTIVES PLANNING AND ASSISTANCE (WIPA)

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a service funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.  WIPAs are authorized to serve all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities, including transition-to-work aged youth, providing benefits planning and assistance services on request or as resources permit. There are more than 100 WIPA grantees in the United States. The programs employ certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) and each serve a specific region of the state.

COMMUNITY WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATORS (CWIC)

If you receive Social Security benefits and you have a job or are looking for one, there are specially trained professionals known as Community work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) to help you make sense of complex employment and benefit-related issues. CWICs provide confidential services to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI.) CWICs educate beneficiaries on how employment will affect their public benefits such as SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps. Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) provide individual counseling to beneficiaries seeking employment and intensive follow-up services to ensure that they are using the work incentives appropriately.