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Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a service funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.  WIPAs are authorized to serve all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities, including transition-to-work aged youth, providing benefits planning and assistance services on request or as resources permit. There are more than 100 WIPA grantees in the United States. The programs employ certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) and each serve a specific region of the state.

 

Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWIC)

If you receive Social Security benefits and you have a job or are looking for one, there are specially trained professionals known as Community work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) to help you make sense of complex employment and benefit-related issues. CWICs provide confidential services to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI.) CWICs educate beneficiaries on how employment will affect their public benefits such as SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps. Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) provide individual counseling to beneficiaries seeking employment and intensive follow-up services to ensure that they are using the work incentives appropriately.

Question

  • Do you receive SSI or SSDI?
  • Do you want to work?
  • Do you worry that earnings might cause a loss in cash benefits or medical coverage?
  • Are you confused about all the rules and regulations?
  • Are you frustrated because you can't get the answers to your questions?
  • Are you afraid of telling Social Security that you want to work? 

Answer

YOU will be referred to a Community Work Incentives Coordinator who can assist you with

  • Understanding how working will affect your benefits
  • Personalized work incentives planning
  • The support and resources you need to return to work
With the information provided, you will be able to make an informed choice about employment opportunities.

It PAYS to WORK! Call today - 1.866.968.7842

 

Contact Us!

  • If you are receiving disability benefits and are participating in programs or services leading to work
  • For information of Social Security Work Incentives
  • If you need a group presentation of Social Security Work Incentives
  • If you have questions about the Ticket to Work program

 

  • (Benton, Calhoun, Coahoma, Desoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Tate, Tunica, Union, Yalobusha)
    PO Box 1111
    Oxford, MS 38655
    662.234.4532

  • (Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Winston)
    700-B North Main Street
    PO Box 839
    Amory, MS 38821
    662.256.9943

  • (Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo)
    613 Pegram Dr.
    Tupelo, MS 38801
    662.842.3120

  • (Bolivar, Carroll, Choctaw, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, Webster)
    201 Hwy 7 South
    PO Box 543
    Greenwood, MS 38930
    662.459.9770

  • (Atalla, CLarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, Smith)
    207 Industrial Park Rd.
    PO Box 824
    Starkville, MS 39760
    662.323.7498

  • (Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Madison, Rankin, Warren, Yazoo)
    2550 Peachtree St.
    PO Box 5314
    Jackson, MS 39296
    601.364.2678

  • (Adams, Amite, Copiah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, Simpson, Walthall, Wilkinson)
    1400 A Harrison Dr.
    PO Box 1408
    McComb, MS 39648
    601.249.4644

  • (Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Perry, Wayne)
    #18 John Tatum Industrial Dr.
    Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    601.544.1676

  • Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone
    13486 Fastway Lane
    Gulfport, MS 39503
    228.575.4064