The goal of the WIPA Projects is to better enable SSA's beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work. Each WIPA Project has Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) who will:
Provide work incentives planning and assistance to SSA's beneficiaries with disabilities;
Conduct outreach efforts to those beneficiaries (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 beneficiaries with disabilities.
In Pennsylvania, there are three organizations that provide these services. Counties are listed with their contact numbers below.
AHEDD, 3300 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011, http://ahedd.org/ssi.html
Allegheny, Beaver, Butler Armstrong, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson and Somerset Cameron, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren
866-302-4333 866-802-4333 866-889-4281
Goodwill Industries of Central PA, Inc., 1150 Goodwill Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17105,
http://www.goodwill-rdg.org Adams, Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, 1414 N. Cameron Street, Suite C,
Harrisburg, PA 17103, http://www.drnpa.org Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia
800-692-7443 ext. 309
Employment Networks (ENs)
Employment Networks ("ENs") are a core component of the Ticket to Work Program. These entities are responsible for providing pre and post employment services to eligible SSI and SSDI Ticket holders who choose to go to work. Their role is to coordinate or offer a variety of essential job placement, vocational rehabilitation, job preparation and skills training, support, and retention services in order for beneficiaries to be successful in the workplace. Since the list of ENs changes frequently, the most up-to-date list can be obtained by calling MAXIMUS or searching the online database http://www.yourtickettowork.com/endir by state, county, city, or for the most specific list by zip code.
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies The term State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies applies to a state agency administering or supervising the administration of the State Plan approved under title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Each State VR agency must participate in the Ticket to Work program if it wishes to receive payments from Social Security Administration for serving disabled beneficiaries who are issued a ticket. Although these agencies must participate in the program, they are not required to function as ENs. A State VR agency may choose on a case-by-case basis whether it will function as an EN when serving a beneficiary with a Ticket or whether it will serve a beneficiary with Tickets under the cost reimbursement payment system. The State VR agency must continue to provide services under the requirements of the State Plan approved under title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, even when functioning as an EN.
This PABSS publication was possible through an agreement with the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration has reviewed this publication for technical accuracy only; this should not be considered an official Social Security Administration document.