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Connect with a Work Incentives Planner

Benefits and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance is a critical employment support for individuals with disabilities who receive public entitlements. Understanding how your benefits are impacted by earnings is an important first step in making an informed choice about work. The Social Security Administration has sponsored 103 Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) programs nationwide to ensure their beneficiaries have access to the information they need. Seven WIPA programs have been established in New York State, each staffed with Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) that can:

  • provide work incentives planning and assistance;
  • help beneficiaries and their families determine eligibility for Federal or State work incentives programs;
  • refer beneficiaries with disabilities to appropriate Employment Networks or State VR agencies based on individual needs and impairment types;
  • provide general information about potential employer-based or federally subsidized health benefits coverage available to beneficiaries once they enter the workforce; and
  • inform beneficiaries with disabilities of further protection and advocacy services available to them.

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