WORK INCENTIVES PLANNING AND ASSISTANCE2021-09-01T14:30:41-05:00

About the WIPA Program

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a federally funded program of the Social Security Administration (SSA) created to help individuals receiving SSI/SSDI make informed choices about employment. IATP provides WIPA services to 67 counties in Illinois through a cooperative agreement with the SSA. If you are working, have a job offer, ready to start employment, you’re a Veteran, or Transition Age Youth, we will help you understand how working will affect your public benefits. We will explain Social Security work incentives in addition to state benefits, such as Medicaid, subsidized housing, TANF, SNAP (food stamps), worker’s compensation, veterans benefits, and unemployment benefits. IATP’s knowledgable Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWIC) will provide you with the information you need to make the best choices about your future.

For general information or to be referred for WIPA Services, contact IATP-WIPA at 800-852-5110 (Illinois Only) or 217-522-7985 (Outside Illinois).

IATP provides WIPA Services to the following counties in Illinois:

Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, Lawrence, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, McHenry, McLean, Monroe, Montgomery, Moultrie, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Sangamon, Shelby, St. Clair, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Will, Williamson.

Referral and Release Forms

WIPA Referral Form (PDF)

IATP – WIPA Release of Information (ROI) (PDF)

SSA 3288 Benefits Planning (PDF)

SSA WIPA Privacy Act Statement: Collection and Use of Personal Information

Section 1148 of the Social Security Act, as amended, authorizes us to collect this information to support the WIPA program.  We will use the information you provide to determine if you qualify for the WIPA program.  We will also share the information with a certified Community Work Incentive Coordinator, working for the WIPA program.

Furnishing us this information is voluntary.  However, failing to provide us with all or part the requested information may limit your ability to participate in the WIPA program.

Social Security will be collecting information from the WIPA program including the names and Social Security Numbers of the beneficiaries they serve, so Social Security can evaluate the success of the WIPA program and can determine how to best meet beneficiaries’ needs.

Any information reported as part of the WIPA program will not become part of your Social Security record.  The information will not be reported to the Social Security office that makes eligibility determinations.  You are responsible for reporting income or changes in your status to the Social Security office.

We rarely use the information for any other purpose other than the WIPA program.  However, we may use it for the administration and integrity of our programs.  We may disclose the information to another person or to another agency in accordance with approved routine uses, including but not limited to the following:

  • To comply with Federal laws requiring the release of the information from our records (e.g., to the Government Accountability Office);
  • To facilitate statistical research, audit, and investigatory activities necessary to assure the integrity and improvement of our programs (e.g., to the Bureau of the Census and to private entities under contract with us).

A complete list of routine uses for the information you provide us is available in our System of Records Notice entitled Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Demonstration Projects and Experiments System, 60-0218.  This notice, additional information about this form, and any other information regarding our systems and programs are available on-line at www.ssa.gov or at your local Social Security office.

Download and/or Print the WIPA Privacy Act Statement (PDF)