CWIC – Certified Work Incentives Counselor:
CWICs serve as an active and integral part of the vocational services system for persons with disabilities. Work incentives planning and assistance continues to be the core function performed by CWICs.
In addition to Work Incentives Counseling, CWICs now expand their counseling skills into new areas including:
- Helping beneficiaries identify, select and/or clarify their career goals;
2. Helping beneficiaries determine what specific services, supports or accommodations may be necessary to achieve the desired career goal;
- Explaining Social Security’s Ticket to Work program and the full array of vocational services and supports available to individuals with disabilities in the local service area;
4. Connecting beneficiaries with the specific services and supports needed to obtain and maintain paid employment from agencies such as:
- State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies
- Employment Networks under the Ticket to Work program
- State or regional Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Centers and the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiative
- State/local Mental Retardation/Developmental Disability agencies
- State/local Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/ Substance Abuse agencies
- Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
- State Protection & Advocacy agencies (P&As)
- Public school systems
- US Department of Veterans Affairs
- Community agencies administering Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
- 5. Assist beneficiaries with disabilities to resolve problems related to work efforts, higher education, occupational skills training, and work attainment or continuation of work.
Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid. Social Security calls these rules “work incentives.” Below are the rules that apply under each program.
- Trial Work Period
- Extended Period of Eligibility
- Continuation of Medicare coverage
- Medicare for People With Disabilities who Work
- Protection From Medical Continuing Disability Reviews
- Blind Work Expenses
- Earned Income Exclusion
- Student Earned Income Exclusion
- Plan to Achieving Self-Support
- Property Essential to Self Support
- Special SSI Payments for People Who Work
- Continued Medicaid Eligibility
- Special Benefits for People Eligible Under Section 1619 (a) or (b) Who Enter a Medical Treatment Facility
- Reinstating Eligibility Without a New Application
If you feel the desire to return to work and have valid concerns about your benefits, please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation that will change your perspectives toward employment in a positive way.
We understand the complexity of navigating the Social Security Benefits and the incentives, it would make sense when you walk this path with the appropriate support of our Certified Work Incentive Counselor Idela Hernandez and her team.