Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (WIPA)
Our services are provided statewide in Montana and Idaho under Cooperative Agreement #1 WIP15050402-02-00 from the Social Security Administration.
The Montana State University Billings WIPA program has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA program is to assist Social Security Disability beneficiaries to make informed choices about work and to support working beneficiaries to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
- Currently receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and want to work?
- Wondering how returning to work would affect your Social Security benefits?
- Working part-time and thinking about transition to full-time work?
We can help you understand your options and support your decisions about returning to work.
Each WIPA program has Community Work Incentive Coordinators who:
- Provide in-depth counseling about your benefits and the effect of work on those benefits.
- Conduct outreach efforts to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI.
- Understand Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal, state, and local programs for which you might be eligible.
- Provide healthcare planning and counseling.
When you're ready to explore your work options, call the Ticket to Work Help Line for more information about work, benefits, and work incentives. The Ticket to Work Help Line will refer you to the WIPA program serving your state.
Ticket to Work Help Line
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