Community-Minded

Plan To Work

Supporting individuals with disabilities across Washington state, offering personalized guidance, friendly assistance, and a helping hand as you navigate employment while keeping your essential benefits.

What is Plan to Work?

Plan to Work is your free and confidential resource for navigating employment and benefits if you’re receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Whether you’re currently employed, contemplating a job, encountering challenges with reporting your earnings, or experiencing changes in your benefits due to employment, our dedicated team of Community Work Incentive Coordinators are here to offer guidance and support.

CME Plan to Work serves counties north of the Oregon-Washington border, while Disability Rights Oregon and Plan for Work serve counties along the Columbia River (shown in grey).

We assist disabled individuals receiving Social Security or SSI who are:

  • Employed

  • Seeking employment

  • Exploring additional work opportunities

  • Self-employed or aspiring to be

  • Inquiring about the impact of work on benefits

  • Responding to Social Security inquiries about work and earnings

  • Transitioning into adulthood and pursuing employment.

What can Plan to Work do for me?

If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits and reside in Washington State, Plan to Work offers invaluable support:

Understanding Benefits Impact

Get clarity on how employment will affect your SSI/SSDI and medical benefits, along with other state-specific benefits.

Informed Decision-Making

Make confident decisions regarding the financial implications of employment, ensuring your overall well-being.

Navigating Support Services

Access guidance in navigating the multitude of programs and services offered by federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.

Individualized Work Incentive Plans

Receive a customized plan that empowers you to navigate your journey toward self-sufficiency with clarity and confidence.

Let’s Talk About Work Incentives

What are they and How are they determined?

Work incentives are special rules designed to support individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income who want to work. These incentives ensure that you can explore job opportunities without worrying about losing crucial financial assistance.

Continued Benefits:
Imagine being able to work and still receive your monthly payments. With work incentives, you can! You’ll continue to enjoy cash benefits while pursuing employment, along with maintaining your Medicare or Medicaid coverage for peace of mind regarding your healthcare needs.

Education and Training Support:
Are you considering a career change or looking to enhance your skills? Work incentives provide support for education, training, and rehabilitation, helping you embark on a new career path with confidence.

Understanding Social Security Benefits:
If you’re receiving Social Security benefits like SSDI or SSI, you might wonder how working affects your payments. Our rules offer a trial work period followed by an extended period of eligibility, allowing you to earn income without immediately impacting your benefits.

SSI Payments:
SSI payments are adjusted based on your income level, but exceeding the limit doesn’t mean losing your benefits permanently. Discover how your payments can automatically resume during months of reduced income, ensuring financial stability as you explore employment opportunities.

Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS):
Ever heard of a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)? It’s a program designed to help you reach your work goals without affecting your benefits. Learn how these funds can support your journey towards financial independence.

Maintaining Medicaid Coverage:
Worried about losing Medicaid coverage? Don’t be! Even if your SSI payments stop due to increased income, you can often maintain your coverage, ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services.

Guidance and Support:
Feeling overwhelmed? Our Plan to Work program provides valuable information and assistance to individuals navigating the complexities of disability benefits and employment. Our Community Work Incentive Coordinators are here to guide you through the process and highlight available supports.

Empower yourself with knowledge and resources as you embark on your employment journey. Work incentives are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that disability benefits don’t stand in the way of your career aspirations. Unlock your employment potential today!

Discover Your Employment Potential!

Ready to take the next step towards employment while maintaining your disability benefits?

Our Plan to Work program is here to help you navigate the process with personalized guidance and support.

To be referred to our Program call
1 (800) 968-7842 Toll Free.

You do not need an assigned ticket to qualify for Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I return to work, will I lose my disability benefits automatically?

A: No, the Social Security Administration provides work incentives to support individuals returning to work while maintaining benefits.

Q: What is the Ticket to Work Program?

A: The Ticket to Work Program offers choices in rehabilitation and vocational services, removes barriers between healthcare coverage and work, and promotes workforce participation for Americans with disabilities.

Q: Where do I take my Ticket to Work for services?

A: Take your Ticket to an employment network, such as private organizations or public agencies partnering with Social Security for the Ticket to Work program. You can find information on available networks through Ticket to Work Help Line, or by visiting their website. Also, some employment networks may contact you to offer their services. You can get information from the Ticket to Work Help Line by calling them at their toll-free numbers, 1-866-968-7842 (1-866-yourticket) or 1-866-833-2967 TTY (1-866-TDD2work).

Q: What are Work Incentives?

A: Work Incentives are rules that allow you to reduce countable income while exploring work options. They include extending Medicare/Medicaid coverage, deducting work-related expenses, and facilitating easy return to benefits if needed.

Q: Is there help available to understand disability program rules and Work Incentives?

A: Yes, Community Work Incentives Coordinators offer free information and planning services to individuals eligible for SSDI and/or SSI benefits. They can assist with understanding how work may affect benefits and overcoming barriers to employment.

Q: Who can I ask about my rights under the Ticket and other Social Security programs?

A: You can seek guidance from the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program, which provides free assistance in obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Disability Rights Washington serves as the PABSS entity in Washington State.

About Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work program, managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), assists individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI or SSI benefits in finding employment. Participants receive a “Ticket” granting access to Employment Networks (ENs) offering job support services like vocational training and career counseling. The program aims to empower individuals to achieve employment goals and financial independence.

The Ticket to Work Program and Plan to Work collaborate to provide comprehensive support to individuals with disabilities seeking employment. Here’s how they work together:

Referral and Access to Services:
Individuals who receive a Ticket to Work through the Ticket to Work Program can access a range of employment support services offered by approved Employment Networks (ENs). Plan to Work may serve as one of these ENs or work closely with ENs to provide additional state-specific services and resources. Individuals referred to Plan to Work through the Ticket to Work Program can benefit from both the national resources available through the Ticket to Work Program and the state-specific expertise and assistance offered by Plan to Work.

Coordination of Services:
Plan to Work and the Ticket to Work Program may coordinate their efforts to ensure seamless service delivery for individuals with disabilities. This coordination may involve sharing information about available services, collaborating on the development of individualized employment plans, and facilitating access to resources that support the employment goals of beneficiaries.

Comprehensive Support:
By working together, Plan to Work and the Ticket to Work Program provide individuals with disabilities access to a comprehensive array of services and supports to help them navigate the transition to work successfully. This collaborative approach ensures that beneficiaries receive the assistance they need to overcome barriers to employment, understand their rights and responsibilities, and achieve greater financial independence.

Plan to Work is funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and operates under the guidelines set forth by the SSA’s Ticket to Work program. All services provided through this program are funded by SSA and offered in accordance with SSA regulations. Participation in the Plan to Work does not guarantee eligibility for or receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For more information about SSA and the Ticket to Work program, please visit the Social Security Administration website.

Although SSA reviewed this website for accuracy, it does not constitute an Official Social Security communication. This website is funded at U.S. taxpayer expense.

Community-Minded

Plan to Work

Supporting individuals with disabilities across Washington state, offering personalized guidance, friendly assistance, and a helping hand as you navigate employement while keeping your essential benefits.

What is Plan to Work?

Plan to Work is your free and confidential resource for navigating employment and benefits if you’re receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Whether you’re currently employed, contemplating a job, encountering challenges with reporting your earnings, or experiencing changes in your benefits due to employment, our dedicated team of Community Work Incentive Coordinators are here to offer guidance and support.

CME Plan to Work serves counties north of the Oregon-Washington border, while Disability Rights Oregon and Plan for Work serve counties along the Columbia River (shown in grey).

We assist disabled individuals receiving Social Security or SSI who are:

  • Employed

  • Seeking employment

  • Exploring additional work opportunities

  • Self-employed or aspiring to be

  • Inquiring about the impact of work on benefits

  • Responding to Social Security inquiries about work and earnings

  • Transitioning into adulthood and pursuing employment.

What can Plan to Work do for me?

If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits and reside in Washington State, Plan to Work offers invaluable support:

Understanding Benefits Impact

Get clarity on how employment will affect your SSI/SSDI and medical benefits, along with other state-specific benefits.

Informed Decision-Making

Make confident decisions regarding the financial implications of employment, ensuring your overall well-being.

Navigating Support Services

Access guidance in navigating the multitude of programs and services offered by federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.

Individualized Work Incentive Plans

Receive a customized plan that empowers you to navigate your journey toward self-sufficiency with clarity and confidence.

Let’s Talk About Work Incentives

What are they and How are they determined?

Work incentives are special rules designed to support individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income who want to work. These incentives ensure that you can explore job opportunities without worrying about losing crucial financial assistance.

Continued Benefits:
Imagine being able to work and still receive your monthly payments. With work incentives, you can! You’ll continue to enjoy cash benefits while pursuing employment, along with maintaining your Medicare or Medicaid coverage for peace of mind regarding your healthcare needs.

Education and Training Support:
Are you considering a career change or looking to enhance your skills? Work incentives provide support for education, training, and rehabilitation, helping you embark on a new career path with confidence.

Understanding Social Security Benefits:
If you’re receiving Social Security benefits like SSDI or SSI, you might wonder how working affects your payments. Our rules offer a trial work period followed by an extended period of eligibility, allowing you to earn income without immediately impacting your benefits.

SSI Payments:
SSI payments are adjusted based on your income level, but exceeding the limit doesn’t mean losing your benefits permanently. Discover how your payments can automatically resume during months of reduced income, ensuring financial stability as you explore employment opportunities.

Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS):
Ever heard of a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)? It’s a program designed to help you reach your work goals without affecting your benefits. Learn how these funds can support your journey towards financial independence.

Maintaining Medicaid Coverage:
Worried about losing Medicaid coverage? Don’t be! Even if your SSI payments stop due to increased income, you can often maintain your coverage, ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services.

Guidance and Support:
Feeling overwhelmed? Our Plan to Work program provides valuable information and assistance to individuals navigating the complexities of disability benefits and employment. Our Community Work Incentive Coordinators are here to guide you through the process and highlight available supports.

Empower yourself with knowledge and resources as you embark on your employment journey. Work incentives are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that disability benefits don’t stand in the way of your career aspirations. Unlock your employment potential today!

Discover Your Employment Potential!

Ready to take the next step towards employment while maintaining your disability benefits?

Our Plan to Work program is here to help you navigate the process with personalized guidance and support.

To be referred to our Program call
1 (800) 968-7842 Toll Free.

You do not need an assigned ticket to qualify for Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I return to work, will I lose my disability benefits automatically?

A: No, the Social Security Administration provides work incentives to support individuals returning to work while maintaining benefits.

Q: What is the Ticket to Work Program?

A: The Ticket to Work Program offers choices in rehabilitation and vocational services, removes barriers between healthcare coverage and work, and promotes workforce participation for Americans with disabilities.

Q: Where do I take my Ticket to Work for services?

A: Take your Ticket to an employment network, such as private organizations or public agencies partnering with Social Security for the Ticket to Work program. You can find information on available networks through Ticket to Work Help Line, or by visiting their website. Also, some employment networks may contact you to offer their services. You can get information from the Ticket to Work Help Line by calling them at their toll-free numbers, 1-866-968-7842 (1-866-yourticket) or 1-866-833-2967 TTY (1-866-TDD2work).

Q: What are Work Incentives?

A: Work Incentives are rules that allow you to reduce countable income while exploring work options. They include extending Medicare/Medicaid coverage, deducting work-related expenses, and facilitating easy return to benefits if needed.

Q: Is there help available to understand disability program rules and Work Incentives?

A: Yes, Community Work Incentives Coordinators offer free information and planning services to individuals eligible for SSDI and/or SSI benefits. They can assist with understanding how work may affect benefits and overcoming barriers to employment.

Q: Who can I ask about my rights under the Ticket and other Social Security programs?

A: You can seek guidance from the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program, which provides free assistance in obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Disability Rights Washington serves as the PABSS entity in Washington State.

About Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work program, managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), assists individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI or SSI benefits in finding employment. Participants receive a “Ticket” granting access to Employment Networks (ENs) offering job support services like vocational training and career counseling. The program aims to empower individuals to achieve employment goals and financial independence.

The Ticket to Work Program and Plan to Work collaborate to provide comprehensive support to individuals with disabilities seeking employment. Here’s how they work together:

Referral and Access to Services:
Individuals who receive a Ticket to Work through the Ticket to Work Program can access a range of employment support services offered by approved Employment Networks (ENs). Plan to Work may serve as one of these ENs or work closely with ENs to provide additional state-specific services and resources. Individuals referred to Plan to Work through the Ticket to Work Program can benefit from both the national resources available through the Ticket to Work Program and the state-specific expertise and assistance offered by Plan to Work.

Coordination of Services:
Plan to Work and the Ticket to Work Program may coordinate their efforts to ensure seamless service delivery for individuals with disabilities. This coordination may involve sharing information about available services, collaborating on the development of individualized employment plans, and facilitating access to resources that support the employment goals of beneficiaries.

Comprehensive Support:
By working together, Plan to Work and the Ticket to Work Program provide individuals with disabilities access to a comprehensive array of services and supports to help them navigate the transition to work successfully. This collaborative approach ensures that beneficiaries receive the assistance they need to overcome barriers to employment, understand their rights and responsibilities, and achieve greater financial independence.

Plan to Work is funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and operates under the guidelines set forth by the SSA’s Ticket to Work program. All services provided through this program are funded by SSA and offered in accordance with SSA regulations. Participation in the Plan to Work does not guarantee eligibility for or receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For more information about SSA and the Ticket to Work program, please visit the Social Security Administration website.

Although SSA reviewed this website for accuracy, it does not constitute an Official Social Security communication. This website is funded at U.S. taxpayer expense.