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Benefits Planning for Employment

Benefits Planning for Employment

This section contains resources for students, educators, and families seeking information on benefits planning, the impact of wages on disability benefits, and achieving self-sufficiency.   

Note:  Supplemental Security Income benefits change significantly on a student’s 18th birthday.  To ensure that benefits are not lost, students who plan to seek employment should meet with a Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) before they reach the age of majority.  Students must be receiving SSI and have employment as a goal in order to work with CWICs who are located at Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) offices.     

Note:  Disability benefits have complex regulations governing their award and administration.  It is essential that students and families work with qualified counselors in investigating, applying for, and managing benefits.   

A Guide to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Groups and Organizations
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11015.html
 
This booklet explains the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program for people who have disabilities or are 65 or older and is designed to help institutions, groups and organizations that have contact with potential or current SSI recipients.

2009 CWIC (Community Work Incentive Coordinator) Manual
http://www.vcu-ntc.org/resources/cwicmanual.cfm 
Training manual for Community Work Incentive Coordinators sanctioned by SSA.  Module 3 explains Social Security disability benefits and work incentives including
     - SSI
     - SSI Title II (SSDI)
     - Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
     - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program
     - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
     - Federal Housing Assistance Program
     - Unemployment Insurance Program
     - Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Other modules explain
     - The Ticket to Work
     - Medicaid
     - Medicare
     - Employer-sponsored health care coverage
     - Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities

Ticket to Work - Youth in Transition
http://www.yourtickettowork.com/youth_ 
Ticket to Work is a voluntary incentive program for SSI recipients 18 and older who want to transition to work.  Incentives include keeping cash benefits and medical coverage during the transition and restarting SSI payments if recipients find they cannot work.  Youth receiving SSI will receive a "ticket" when they reach their 18th birthday. Site includes a directory (searchable by zip code, city, county, or state) of Employment Networks that administer Ticket programs.

Florida Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Organizations
http://www.fmqai.com/library/attachment-library/WIPA%20Map.pdf
 
Map and contact information for the six WIPA organizations serving Florida in which Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) are located.


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