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Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

Statutory Authority

Authorized by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-170) of 1999, and amended by the Social Security Protection Act of 2004.


None.  WIPA funds are awarded to HDRC through a competitive grant process.


WIPA disseminates accurate information to beneficiaries receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), based on disability and/or blindness, about work incentives programs and issues related to such programs, to enable them to make informed choices about working including whether or when to assign their Ticket to Work, and to help explain how available work incentives can facilitate their transition into the workforce.


Social Security beneficiaries receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), including transition-to-work aged youth, who want to pursue gainful employment.


WIPA Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs):

Provide work incentives planning and assistance directly to beneficiaries with disabilities to assist them in their employment efforts;

Conduct outreach efforts in collaboration with SSA's Program Manager for Recruitment and Outreach (PMRO) contractor to beneficiaries with disabilities (and their families) who are potentially eligible to participate in Federal or State work incentives programs,

Screen and refer beneficiaries with disabilities to the appropriate Employment Networks (ENs) based on the beneficiary's expressed needs and types of impairments.

Work in cooperation with SSA's Area Work Incentives Coordinators (AWICs), Federal, State, local and private agencies and other nonprofit organizations that serve beneficiaries with disabilities seeking employment.

Provide general information on the adequacy of health benefits coverage that may be offered by an employer of a beneficiary with a disability; the extent to which other health benefits coverage may be available to that beneficiary in coordination with Medicare and/or Medicaid.

Advise beneficiaries of the availability of protection and advocacy services and how to access such services.

Federal Administration

April Myers, Project Officer and Audrey Adams, Grants Management Specialist

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

Email:audrey.adams@ssa.gov / april.myers@ssa.gov

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