Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA)

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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

For additional Information visit:  DRI’s Benefits Planning Resources page or

For services, contact your area Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWICs):

Map of Iowa with service areas


To get Started, Contact the Ticket to Work helpline:
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
Toll Free: 800-779-2502
Fax: 641-587-2677

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

Training Available

Understanding SSI and SSDI, Benefits and Work Incentives

Understanding disability benefits is a valuable resource to any agency or service provider that works with individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  This training will include:

  • Title II – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Title XVI – Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Work Incentives
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Any other questions you may have

Cost is $100 per person.

This dynamic training will give you basic information about how to better answer these benefits planning questions for your customers/consumers, as well as provide an overview of the various work incentives

If you have any questions or would like to request a training event in your area, please con-tact Tammy Crouch or Mistie Johnson at 800-779-2502.

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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