Benefits and Work Incentives

Oregon has two programs whose sole purpose is to provide benefits and work incentives counseling services. Their services are free to the participant and are provided by certified benefits and work incentives coordinators.

Work Incentives Network

The Work Incentives Network (WIN) is a free benefits and work incentives counseling program provided by the Department of Human Services with administration and technical assistance housed with the Vocational Rehabilitation program.

Services are provided by eleven Certified Work Incentive Coordinators (WICs) who are located in Independent Living Centers around the state.

Eligibility:

People with disabilities who are receiving a public benefit such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), SNAP, HUD, Medicare, or Medicaid and are working or interested in working and have questions about how employment may impact their benefits.

Referral Process:

Participants may self-refer or be referred by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Job Developer, Community Developmental Disability Program Service Coordinator, Support Services Brokerage Personal Agent, Mental Health Supported Employment Specialist, or others who are helping the participant toward employment.

Please fax both forms to 1-888-503-8263. A Work Incentive Coordinator will contact the referral source within three days of receiving the referral.

Because of privacy and confidentiality concerns, please do not email referral forms or other personally identifiable information to WIN. If you need assistance with making a referral, contact the WIN Help Desk at 800-661-2571.

Win Help Desk

Call or email the WIN Help Desk for answers to your questions and concerns about how work will impact your state or federal benefits.

1-800-661-2571 or win.refer@state.or.us​

WIN Program Managers

Gene Rada
Eugene.e.rada@state.or.us
503-945-6264

Paula Fitch​
paula.fitch@state.or.us
503-947-5469

Plan for Work

Plan for Work is one of 95 Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) programs in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia, authorized through the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 to provide no-cost community-based work incentives expertise to beneficiaries​ of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability, including transition-to-work aged youth.

Plan for Work is housed at Disability Rights Oregon. The goal of the WIPA program is to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed decisions about work, and to support working beneficiaries to make a successful transition to financial independence.

Benefits planning and assistance are provided by four certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) to consumers in Oregon and Southern Washington.

Eligibility:

People with disabilities who are receiving a Social Security disability-based benefit (SSI and/or SSDI) who are working or contemplating work, age 14 years old to retirement age, and residing in Oregon and Southern Washington state.

Referral Process:

Call toll free at 1-800-452-1694 (extension 227) or 1-503-243-2081 (extension 227). Please leave a voicemail with name, contact information and reason for the call.

Contact:

Please email pfw@DROregon.org​​​​​​​​