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The statewide Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) agencies have published a list of Regional Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) and accompanying counties supported by that agency:


Joy Smith
Program Director/CWIC
Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Westmoreland

Appalachian Regional
Jennifer Tenney
Program Director/CWIC

Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
Phyllis Hilley  
Program Director/CWIC
800-692-7443 Ext 309


Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, York 


Full Circle Employment Solutions LLC
Ruchi Edwards
Program Director/CWIC
888-466-2942 Ext. 20

Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester

WIPA is designed to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to receive accurate information and use that information to make a successful transition to work. Each WIPA agency has a CWIC who will:

  • provide in-depth counseling about benefits and the effect of work on those benefits;
  • conduct outreach efforts to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI (and their families) who are potentially eligible to participate in federal or state Work Incentives programs; and
  • work in cooperation with federal, state, and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve SSI and SSDI beneficiaries with disabilities.

ODP Announcement 20-012 announces that in order to build provider capacity statewide, ODP is broadening the provider qualifications of the Benefits Counseling service. As of the date of this communication, ODP will accept the Work Incentive Practitioner credential for staff (direct, contracted, or in a consulting capacity) who will work directly with the participant to provide Benefits Counseling.

The Work Incentive Practitioner credential is obtained by completing the Cornell University Work Incentives Planning & Utilization for Benefit Practitioners Online Certificate course and satisfying requirements to maintain the credential (sixty hours of continuing education units for training approved by Cornell University within 5 years of obtaining the full credential).

To be determined qualified to render the Benefits Counseling service in accordance with this guidance, providers must submit documentation of each staff person’s current Work Incentive Practitioner credentials to their Administrative Entities. Information about the credentialing course can be found here.

ODP will continue to accept the Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) Certification offered through Virginia Commonwealth University. Changes to the Provider Qualifications section in the Consolidated, Community Living, and P/FDS waivers will be made during the next amendment. For questions, please submit via email.