Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (WIPA) for Cook County

What is WIPA?

The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program assists Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries by providing benefit counseling concerning Social Security Administration (SSA) work incentives and how employment affects cash, medical, Federal, and State benefits. The WIPA program has certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) that will work with you to help you make a successful transition to work. 

How can WIPA help?

WIPA can provide beneficiaries with a written report called a Benefit Summary and Analysis that shows how earnings from your job will affect your benefits. This report can help explain how ALL of your benefits will be affected if you go to work. These benefits include SSI/SSDI, subsidized housing, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid and Medicare. WIPA can provide ongoing benefits management, which can include a new analysis if your situation changes. WIPA can provide a referral to help you resolve legal barriers related to employment, such as employer accommodations that will help you do your job. 

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone receiving SSI/SSDI
  • Live within Cook County
  • Currently working, has a job offer, or a work goal

Where can I find additional information?

Submit your information:

Email: with your name, phone number, email address, and questions.

Cook County Only:

Call 312-896-3220

All other counties:

Call the Ticket to Work Help Line 866-968-7842

This material is funded through a Social Security cooperative agreement. Although Social Security reviewed this document for accuracy, it does not constitute an Official Social Security communication.

This webpage was created at U.S. Taxpayer expense.

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