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WIPA & Community Partner Work Incentives Counseling Training Manual

The 2018 English and Spanish versions of the WIPA training manual are now available to view or download in Word or PDF.

For accessibility assistance with this document, please contact Julie Schall at jaschall@vcu.edu, 804-827-0741 (Voice), or 804-828-2193 (Fax).

  • Summary of 2018 Edits- PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word

  • Cover- PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
  • Introduction and Acknowledgements - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
  • Module 1: Supporting Increased Employment and Financial Independence Outcomes for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
    • Unit 1 - WIPA is all about WORK! Understanding the CWIC's Role in Promoting Employment and Enhancing Financial Stability
    • Unit 2 - Past and Current Efforts Social Security Made to Promote Emplyment for Disability Beneficiaries
    • Unit 3 - Understanding the Disability Services System: Key Stakeholder Agencies that Fund or Provide Vocational / Educational Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Module 2: Partnering with Community Agencies and Conducting Community Outreach - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
    • Unit 1 - Performing Outreach to Social Security Beneficiaries with Disabilities, Community Agencies, and Other Key Stakeholders
    • Unit 2 - Collaborating with the Ticket Program Manager and Ticket to Work Help Line to Conduct Outreach
    • Unit 3 - Collaborating with Other Key Stakeholders to Promote Employment of Social Security Beneficiaries with Disabilities
  • Module 3 - Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits and Associated Work Incentives - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
    • Unit 1 - Disability Evaluation and Determination
    • Unit 2 - Understanding Social Security Title II Disability Benefits
    • Unit 3 - Understanding Substantial Gainful Activity
    • Unit 4 - Understanding the Trial Work Period and Extended Period of Eligibility
    • Unit 5 - Understanding the SSI Program
    • Unit 6 - SSI and Work Incentives
    • Unit 7 - Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
    • Unit 8 - Self-Employment and Social Security Disability Benefits
    • Unit 9 - Understanding Rights and Other Protections Afforded to Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Benefits
    • Unit 10 – The Ticket to Work Program
  • Module 4: Healthcare Planning and Counseling - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
    • Unit 1 - Understanding Medicaid
    • Unit 2 - Understanding Medicare
    • Unit 3 - Healthcare Options for Veterans
    • Unit 4 - Understanding Private Health Insurance Coverage
    • Unit 5 - Supporting Individuals with Disabilities in Assessing Healthcare Needs and Options
  • Module 5: Understanding Other Federal Benefits and Associated Work Incentives - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
    • Unit 1 - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program
    • Unit 2 - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Unit 3 - Federal Housing Assistance Programs
    • Unit 4 - Unemployment Insurance Program
    • Unit 5 - Worker's Compensation Benefits
    • Unit 6 - Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities
    • Unit 7 - Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
  • Module 6: Providing Effective WIPA Services - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word
    • Unit 1 - Managing Initial Requests for WIPA Services
    • Unit 2 - Preparing for Individualized WIPA Services - Information Gathering
    • Unit 3 - Developing Benefits Summary and Analysis Reports and Work Incentives Plans
    • Unit 4 - Providing Individualized WIPA Services and Ongoing Follow-up
    • Unit 5 - Effective Time Management Strategies for CWICs
  • Module 7: WIPA Standards, Data Collection Requirements, and Quality Considerations for CWICs - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word

    • Unit 1 - WIPA Quality Assurance Baseline: Compliance with Minimum Requirements
    • Unit 2 - WIPA Data Collection and Performance Benchmarks
    • Unit 3 - Providing WIPA Services with a Focus on Quality
    • Unit 4 - Providing WIPA Services that Accommodate Disability and Respect Cultural Differences
    • Unit 5 - Professional Ethics for CWICs
  • Glossary - PDF | Word | Spanish PDF | Spanish Word

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