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The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) National Training and Data Center (NTDC) provides comprehensive training and technical assistance to Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects, the Ticket to Work Help Line, and community partners to ensure accurate and timely support for beneficiaries on the road to employment and financial independence.

The WIPA initiative is a key component of Social Security's strategy to promote employment among their disability beneficiaries and reduce dependence on SSI and Title II cash benefits. In July 2020, Social Security awarded new cooperative agreements to 74 local WIPA projects to provide individualized work incentive counseling services to beneficiaries in all 50 states and territories.


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ABOUT US

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) National Training and Data Center (NTDC) provides comprehensive training and technical assistance to Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects, the Ticket to Work Help Line, and community partners to ensure accurate and timely support for beneficiaries on the road to employment and financial independence.

The WIPA initiative is a key component of Social Security's strategy to promote employment among their disability beneficiaries and reduce dependence on SSI and Title II cash benefits. In August, 2015, Social Security awarded new cooperative agreements to 83 local WIPA projects to provide individualized work incentive counseling services to beneficiaries in all 50 states and territories.

Learn More about VCU NTDC »


WIPA NEWS

Recent Social Security Announcements

Expand the Definition of a Public Assistance Household

The Social Security Administration recently published a final rule, "Expand the Definition of a Public Assistance Household." Under the final rule, beginning September 30, 2024, the agency will expand the definition of a public assistance household to include households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments and households where not all members receive public assistance. For more information, please visit www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases.

Update to Title II and Title XVI Administrative Waiver Tolerance

Effective May 13, 2024, we are updating the administrative waiver tolerance policy to improve customer service, reduce the burden to overpaid individuals, and increase front-line staff efficiency. We are implementing the following changes:

  • Renamed the Title II POMS, GN 02250.350 to "Administrative Waiver Tolerance of $2,000 or less" to adequately reflect the correct tolerance amount; and
  • Increased the administrative waiver tolerance amount from $1,000 to $2,000 for Title II and Title XVI.

For more information visit: POMS EM - 24019.


Overpayment Announcements

Social Security Eliminates Overpayment Burden for Social Security Beneficiaries - Automatic Overpayment Recovery Rate Reduced to 10 Percent

Social Security Announces Four Key Updates to Address Improper Payments

In addition, Social Security recently released an Overpayment Fact Sheet. The factsheet describes beneficiary options in case of an overpayment.


Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations

Recently, the Social Security Administration published a final rule, "Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations." The final rule announces the first of several updates to the agency's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) regulations that will help people receiving and applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under the old rules, ISM includes food, shelter, or both a person receives - the agency counts ISM as unearned income, which may affect a person's eligibility or reduce their payment amount. Beginning September 30, 2024, the agency will no longer include food in ISM calculations. The new policy removes a critical barrier for SSI eligibility due to an applicant's or recipient's receipt of informal food assistance from friends, family, and community networks of support. For additional information visit Social Security's blog announcement.


Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients

Beginning September 30, 2024, Social Security will expand its SSI rental subsidy policy, which due to judicial decisions is currently only in place for SSI applicants and recipients residing in seven states (Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin). In those states, rental assistance, such as renting at a discounted rate, was less likely to affect a person's SSI eligibility or payment amount. This new rule extends the same advantageous policy to all SSI applicants and recipients nationwide. This may increase the payment amount some people are eligible to receive and will allow more people to qualify for critical SSI payments.

For more information visit the Social Security blog post.

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TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

If you need tech support for myNTC, BSADocs or Canvas, please contact the appropriate NTDC team member:
myNTC
Julie Schall
jaschall@vcu.edu
804-827-0741
BSADocs
Mary Ridgely
mridgely@vcu.edu
608-455-1563
Canvas
Mary McAdam
mmcadam@vcu.edu
804-827-2884
Lauren Carraway
carrawayle@vcu.edu
757-202-7741