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Work Incentives Network (WIN) Resources for Partners

About WIN

The Work Incentives Network is one of two Oregon programs that offer free benefits counseling to Oregonians with disabilities who are interested in working. Certified benefits counselors (called Work Incentive Coordinators) help people with SSI or SSDI disability benefits understand how working may affect their benefits and how work incentives can help them meet their job goals. 

WIN is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Vocational Rehabilitation program. We contract with Work Incentives Coordinators who provide direct client services in Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across Oregon. WIN program managers provide technical assistance and support to community partners, agency staff and WIN contractors.

Resources for partners and agency staffResources for WIN contractorsWIN Help Desk How to get services

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Resources for partners and agency staff

People can self-refer for WIN services, or be referred by a community partner or VR counselor. 

If you'd like to refer someone ​for services:

  • ​Fill out an online referral form. ​Give as much information as you can. It's OK if you can't fill out everything.​
  • ​If you don't use the online referral form, please FAX completed forms to 888-503-8263 or securely email to​. ​
  • You should hear from us within 5 days to let you know we received the referral.
  • If you need help, contact the WIN Help Desk.
Online referral ​formReferral ​form - EnglishReferral form - Español (Spanish)​

​Release of information

​It's​​ helpful, but not required, if the person being referred can fill out the release of information form in advance.​

Release of Information - EnglishRelease of Information - Español (Spanish)

​​​​​​​​Understanding SSA Ben​efits and Employment

What it is - A free, six-hour training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Participants will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator. This training is for those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits.

Cost - Free

Schedule - WIN offers this training several times a year. Trainings are held on Zoom. The training is split into two half-day sessions. ​You must participate in both half-day sessions in order to successfully complete the training.

How to sign up

Registration is required. Sessions are limited to 50 participants.​​

​Register on Workday Learning 

Certification for Benefits Planners: Work Incentives Planning Full Credentialing (WIP-C)

What it is - Cornell University’s Yang Tan Institute offers an online credentialing training program that is nationally recognized. The credential is good for 5 years.

Cost - Currently $1,575 (2023)

Schedule - This is a 7-week program that includes 17 90-minute webinars. 

How to sign up - Visit the YTI website to learn more a​​bout this training and how to sign up.

Community Work Incentives Initial Training Program

What it is - This is the certification training offered by Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) National Training Center, in contract with the Social Security Administration.

Cost - Free

Schedule - A five-day training is offered monthly, currently alternating between ​virtual and in-person formats. A six-week certification process follows the five-day training. A commitment to the whole process is required.

How to sign up - Visit the VCU National Training Center website to learn more about this training and find training dates and locations.

Note: Registration ​is limi​ted to WIPA project staff, VR staff, EN staff and affiliate agencies.

Social Security

​​Local SSA Office​, 800-772-1213

Leg​​al Aid

Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Public Benefits Hotline: 800-520-5292​

Plan for ​Work

Plan for Work ​is Oregon's other free benefits counseling​ program for people with disabilities​. This program is administered by Disability Rights Oregon. It is one of the ​Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) programs authorized through Ticket to Work. Referrals can be made through the Ticket to Work help line at 866-968-7842.

ODDS-approved benefits counselors

These ​ODDS-approved benefits​ counselors work with community partner agencies.​ Many of these counselors have been trained and receive ongoing technical assistance through WIN's rigorous benefits counseling certification process. This list includes direct contact information, as well as a breakdown of which counties each benefits counselor serves.

Resources for WIN contractors

This guide is a living docu​ment that is ​revised as needed to include ongoing guidance and technical assistance from WIN Central and any changes in Oregon benefits and work incentives counseling services. The links provided in this document are current and will be updated as needed.

WIN Central conducts annual reviews of contractor's benefits counseling programs. We use the document below to gau​ge the quality of benefits counseling services being provided. The fidelity scale model acts as a measurement, but also is a guide to best practices benefits counseling services. ​​

Benefits Counseling F​idelity Review Scale (PDF)

​Data gathered using this tracker is ​used for statistical purposes.

W​IN Monthly Data Tracker (PDF)​​

WIN Help Desk


Contact the WIN Help Desk to:

  • Get answers to questions about how work will affect benefits
  • Check on the referral status of a participant
  • Invite us to a staff meeting or schedule basic training
  • Share comments or concerns about WIN services

WIN managers

Katie Thompson, 971-701-5751

Josh Goller, 503-871-2703