Disability Rights Ohio provides benefits counseling, a free service available to people who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability, through the Social Security Administration’s Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program.
The Social Security Administration offers “work incentives” designed to help people transition from receiving disability checks to earning money through work.
Benefits counseling has the goal of reducing or eliminating a person’s dependence on public benefits, while addressing their concerns about issues like continuing health care benefits.
Certified Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) provide individualized counseling to help people use these work incentives and understand their impact on the person’s employment. Disability Rights Ohio administers the WIPA program in 31 of Ohio’s 88 counties, as shown in the pink of the map below. A list of the counties is also provided. Two other agencies, the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati and the Center of Vocational Alternatives, oversee WIPA programs in other counties. Their contact information is provided below.
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For more information on the WIPA program, please contact the Disability Rights Ohio intake department at 800-282-9181, TTY 614-728-2553, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Ohio county map with colors indicating which organization oversees the program in that county. Pink is Disability Rights Ohio, gray is COVA, blue is the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Disability Rights Ohio
Disability Rights Ohio provides WIPA services for Allen, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Geauga, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Ottawa, Paulding, Protage, Preble, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Trumbull, Van Wert, Williams and Wood counties.
200 Civic Center Dr., Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4234
Voice phone: 614-466-7264 or 800-282-9181
TTY 614-728-2553 or 800-858-3542
Center of Vocational Alternatives
The Center of Vocational Alternatives provides WIPA services for Ashland, Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hardin, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton, Washington, Wayne and Wyandot counties.
3770 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Voice phone 614-294-7117 or 877-521-2682 (In-State Toll Free Only)
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati provides WIPA services for Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Montgomery, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Warren counties.
215 East Ninth Street, Suite 200
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Voice phone: 513-241-9400 or 800-582-2682 (Toll Free)