Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA)

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WIPA is a grant funded program sponsored by the Social Security Administration that provides work incentive 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.

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 SSDI and/or SSI and the work incentives available under those programs. Information from CWICs 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.

  • 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
  • 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

For additional Information visit:  www.socialsecurity.gov

For services, contact your area CWIC:

Map of Iowa with service areas

Ticket to Work helpline:
Voice: 1-866-968-7842
TTY: 1-866-833-2967

Mistie Johnson, CWIC, Project Supervisor
Disability Rights IOWA
PO Box 219
Klemme, Iowa 50449
mjohnson@driowa.org
Phone:641-529-6010
Toll Free: 800-779-2502
Fax: 641-587-2677

Tammy Crouch, CWIC
Disability Rights IOWA
PO Box 3653
Sioux City, Iowa 51102
tcrouch@driowa.org
Phone:712-560-3651
Toll Free: 800-779-2502
Fax: 712-560-3651

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