2019 Statewide Community Informational Meetings
The Connection has concluded the statewide meetings for this year. However, we offer no-cost outreach and educational meetings to agency staff year round. If your agency or group would like our benefit experts to come to your location, you can call to make this request. We will present on how Social Security and other government benefits change with work earnings and talk about how to use work incentives in those programs to become more independent. Contact the Connection at 651-632-5113 or 800-976-6728 to make a request.
Work Incentives Connection
Need to know how work affects government benefits? Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Work Incentives Connection provides specialized answers about the impact of work on government benefits. Armed with clear, accurate information about their options, people with disabilities can make informed and confident decisions about employment.
Minnesota’s only Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program.
The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program is a cooperative agreement between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Work Incentives Connection of Goodwill Easter Seals to help individuals with disabilities understand how their Social Security and other public benefits are affected by working.
Services start with a phone call. Anyone can call.
Ask our certified work incentives counselors about your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medical Assistance (MA), Medicare, SNAP, subsidized housing or other benefit program rules when working. Work Incentives Connection staff can:
Services are provided in partnership with Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitative Services, as well as, the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance project of the Social Security Administration.
No person served will be charged a fee for services from the Work Incentives Connection.
In-depth Benefits Analysis reports are developed for individuals who want thorough, written information about their benefits; description of how each of their benefits is affected by working; and instructions about tracking and reporting their earnings. A Benefits Analysis has three parts.
The Benefits Analysis gives people clear and useful information to make their own choices about working.
Outreach and Education
The Work Incentives Connection conducts community education presentations and meetings throughout Minnesota. These meetings inform people with disabilities, family members, social service staff and employment support professionals about basic Social Security work rules, and how specialized benefits planning services can help individuals increase their financial independence. The Work Incentives Connection publishes a bi-annual newsletter and provides information on its website about government benefit program rules and incentives for people with disabilities who want to work.
Anyone can call the Work Incentives Connection with questions about work and benefits. Assistance is provided to people with all types of disabilities throughout MN, as well as family members, vocational or other service providers, advocates and others assisting people with disabilities.
The staff at the Work Incentives Connection are called Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs).A CWIC will offer you individualized services based on your interests and needs.
Get answers and support at 1-800-976-6728 (toll-free) or 651-632-5113 (MN Relay – 711).