I am a New Yorker with a disability, and I want to:
Find a job

If you are receiving either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and are looking for a job, you must know how work will affect your benefits. Read: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Work (PDF (797 KB) | TEXT (37 KB).) If you want more thorough information on how work will affect either your SSDI or your SSI, we have produced two Policy-to-Practice Briefs: one on SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare And Work:  PDF (645 KB)  |  TEXT (62 KB)) and one on SSI (Suplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Work:  PDF (713 KB)   |   TEXT  (65 KB)).

What if I Still Have More Questions About How My Benefits will be Impacted by Going Back to Work?

If you have any questions about how your benefits will be impacted by going back to work, you can contact specialists to assist you toll-free at 1-888-224-3272 VOICE, 1-877-671-6844 TDD. The hotline is available during business hours Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Every effort will be made to return calls the same day or within one business day.

SSA has also contracted with local organizations to provide work incentive and planning services for Social Security SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. The Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) agencies have people who have been specially trained to help individuals with disabilities considering returning to work or returning to work. You can get a list of the WIPA's in New York at: https://www.ssa.gov/

Additionally, a Work Incentives Information Network exists within New York State. Credentialed benefits practitioners are available to support you in making choices about work. You can access a directory of these practitioners online at http://nymakesworkpay.org/rny-benefits.cfm.

Finally, SSA has contracted with Employment Networks to assist individuals who are seeking employment find employment at no cost to the SSDI or SSI recipient. If you want more thorough information on Employment Networks, we have produced a Self-Help Guide entitled Choosing an Employment Network (PDF version)  |  Choosing an Employment Network (TEXT version).

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Partnering Organizations

New York State Office of Mental Health Burton Blatt Institute K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Employment and Disability Institute