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Overview

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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 29 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 Southeast Inc., oversee WIPA programs in other counties. Their contact information is provided below.

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Beneficiaries and service providers should first contact Social Security’s Ticket to Work's Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) for a referral to the appropriate WIPA program.

 

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, Ottawa, Paulding, Protage, 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
Fax 614-644-1888

Website: disabilityrightsohio.org

Southeast Inc.

Southeast Inc. 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, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton, Washington, Wayne and Wyandot counties.

16 West Long Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone 614-225-0990
Fax: 614-225-0988

Website: http://www.southeastinc.com/index.php

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, Jackson, Lawrence, Miami, Pike, Preble, 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)
TTY 513-241-1930
Fax 513-241-0047

Website: lascinti.org

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