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1. OREGON’S WORK INCENTIVES NETWORK (WIN) When you work, you WIN! http://www.win-oregon.com

2. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services The Competitive Employment Project Mission Statement To enhance the quality of life in Oregon by achieving, maintaining and advancing the competitive and inclusive employment of persons with disabilities.

3. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Oregon’s Work Incentive Network (WIN) WIN is a benefits and work incentives planning service that helps people with disabilities: MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS about work and their benefits; USE WORK INCENTIVES to achieve their employment goals; and NAVIGATE THE BENEFITS SYSTEMS when they begin working.

4. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services WIN: An Essential Employment Support A “one stop” source of information and assistance. Reduce fear and misunderstanding about the effect of working on benefits. Prevents crises that result when change occurs. Improves employment and economic outcomes through: Increased employment rates; Increased earnings; and Decreased medical expenses.

5. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services THE WIN MODEL: A CONTINUUM OF SERVICES Interested in working, but no job goal: General information and referral. Identified a job goal, but not working yet: Comprehensive Intake and Work Incentive Analysis. Secured job: Implementing work incentive and reporting earned income. Life changes: Ongoing support with using work incentive and/or wage reporting assistance.

6. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services THE WIN MODEL: A CONTINUUM OF SERVICES WORK INCENTIVE COORDINATORS PROVIDE: General work incentive information and community service/vocational referrals; A Comprehensive Intake when needed; In-depth benefits and work incentive planning assistance, including a written Work Incentives plan; Assistance strategizing the use of various work incentives; Assistance utilizing work incentives; and Ongoing support to those working and utilizing work incentives.

7. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services IT TAKES A TEAM TO REMOVE THIS BARRIER You can’t do your job AND be a Work Incentive Expert..….. BUT YOU CAN: Let people know there are WORK INCENTIVES that support their employment efforts; Recognize MYTHS and communicate FACTS; and Encourage people to connect to WIN for more individualized analysis.

8. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services ACCESSING WIN SERVICES If you know someone who could use WIN services: Fill out and fax the WIN Referral Form; or Give the person a WIN brochure so he/she can call and request services; or You can call and request services on behalf of the person. Meet the Work Incentive Coordinators in your area: Contact the WIN staff in your area to do onsite informational sessions for your company/agency. Contact info for WIN staff can be found at the end of this presentation.

9. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services SOME BASIC TERMS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW SSA: Social Security Administration SSI: Supplemental Security Income SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance WORK INCENTIVES: Both federal and state-specific programs that are available to people with disabilities, even those not on SSI or SSDI in return to work efforts. HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development

10. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services THE BASICS: SSDI PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SSDI – Cash Benefit: Be disabled by SSA definition: and Be “insured” or draw off “insured” worker who is disabled, retired, deceased. Amount varies based on work history. No asset test. SSDI – Health Care: Medicare (after 24 month waiting period).

11. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services THE BASICS: SSI PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SSI - Cash Disabled by SSA definition; Little to no assets; under $2,000 for an individual, $3000 for a couple; Little to no income; and Benefit Amount for 2011 is $674, $1,011 for a couple, reduced by other income. SSI – Health Care Medicaid.

12. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #1: I will lose my SSDI if I go to work FACT #1: Work Incentives let you keep SSDI cash check or status when you work! Trial Work Period (time limited) Impairment Related Work Expenses Subsidy/Unincurred Business Expense

13. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Myth #2: If wages cause SSDI cash benefit to stop, there’s no way to get it back FACT #2: You can stay in eligibility status even when you don’t get a cash check! Extended Period of Eligibility Expedited Reinstatement 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS

14. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #3: I will lose my SSI if I go to work FACT #3: Work Incentives let you keep SSI cash check or status when you work! Basic Deductions: SSI reduced $1 for every $2 after first $65/$85 Additional Deductions let you keep more: IRWE, BWE, SEIE, PASS

15. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #4: If wages cause SSI cash benefit to stop, there’s no way to get it back FACT #4: You can stay in eligibility status even when you don’t get a cash check! 1619(b) Expedited Reinstatement

16. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #5: If I go back to work I will lose my medical Fact #5: You can keep medical when you work! SSI/Medicaid--1619(b) Employed Persons with Disabilities Program (EPD): Oregon’s Medicaid Buy-In program Continuation of Medicare Medicare for People With Disabilities Who Work

17. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Myth #6: There is no incentive for students to try working Fact #6: Students have a special rule that lets them keep more of their SSI when they work! Student Earned Income Exclusion

18. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #7: There aren’t any resources to help me reach self-sufficiency Fact #7: There ARE work incentives that will match funds you set aside to pay for expenses related to a vocational goal! Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS) Individual Development Accounts (IDA)

19. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #8: If I work my rent will go up Fact #8: HUD has work incentives, too! HUD’s Earned Income Disregard Family Self-Sufficiency Program

20. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9 MYTHS AND THE REAL FACTS Myth #9: Working always results in overpayments Fact #9: There are strategies to prevent overpayments! Report regularly Get a receipt from SSA to document you reported Get assistance from WIN for help developing a strategy and reporting earned income

21. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services ADDITIONAL PARTS OF THE WIN MODEL A Training and Technical Assistance (T/A) Center that provides training, certification and assistance to WICs and I&Rs; Ongoing outreach and informational training for service providers, agency staff, community partners and other stakeholders; and An integrated outcomes research program.

22. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services WORKING WITH PLANNING FOR WORK PROGRAM WIN and Disability Rights Oregon’s Planning for Work project work together to provide quality supports and services to people with disabilities who want assistance with benefits and work incentives planning.

23. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services AND WHAT THE HECK IS THIS THING? IT’S A “KANJI” A Kanji is a Japanese Symbol. Kanjis have become very popular in the United States, especially with youth and young adults. The WIN kanji means FLOURISH. SO LET’S FLOURISH WITH WIN…Remember- When you work, you WIN!

24. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services YOUR OREGON WIN STAFF Serving the Following Counties: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, Washington, Wasco INDEPENDENT LIVING RESOURCES (ILR) 1839 NE Couch St. Portland, Oregon 97232 (503) 232-7411 (voice) (503) 232-8408 (TTY) (503) 232-7480 (fax) JAIME HEAD and MALIEA YAKYMI WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATORS [email protected] [email protected]

25. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services YOUR OREGON WIN STAFF Serving the Following Counties: Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, LANE INDEPENDENT LIVING ALLIANCE, INC. (LILA) P.O. Box 13758 99 W. 10th Avenue, Suite 117 Salem, OR 97309 Eugene, Oregon 97401  WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATORS  Christie Riehl EMMA LEVERT (503)798-1971 (voice) (541) 607-7020 (voice) [email protected] (541) 345-3212 (TTY) (541) 345-7021 (fax) LYNELLE WILCOX [email protected] (503) 983-4711 (voice) [email protected]

26. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services YOUR OREGON WIN STAFF Serving the Following Counties: Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson CENTRAL OREGON RESOURCES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (CORIL) 20436 Clay Pigeon Court Bend, Oregon 97702 (541) 388-8103 (voice/TTY) (541) 388-1226 (fax) LEONARD PEACH WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATOR [email protected]

27. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services YOUR OREGON WIN STAFF Serving the Following Counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union Wallowa, Wheeler EASTERN OREGON CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (EOCIL) 1021 SW 5TH Avenue 322 SW 3rd, Suite 6 Ontario, Oregon 97914 Pendleton, Oregon 97801 (541) 889-3119 (voice/TTY) (541) 276-037 (voice and fax) (541) 889-4647 (fax) or JENNIFER BONNELL LINDA VALENTINE WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATORS [email protected] [email protected]

28. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services YOUR OREGON WIN STAFF Serving the Following Counties: Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Douglas INDEPENDENT ABILITIES CENTER (HASL) 305 NE E Street Grants Pass, Oregon 97526 (541) 479-4275 (voice) (541) 479-7261 (fax) NELSON FERGUSON and DENYS HARTFIELD WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATORS [email protected] [email protected]

29. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services YOUR OREGON WIN STAFF Serving the Following Counties: Klamath, Lake SPOKES UNLIMITED 415 Main Street Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 (541) 883-7547 (voice) (541) 885-2469 (Fax) JENNNIFER KASPER WORK INCENTIVES COORDINATOR [email protected]

30. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services QUESTIONS? CALL THE WIN STAFF IN YOUR AREA! Or for more information about WIN: http://www.win-oregon.com For more information on Disability Rights Oregon Planning for Work: http://www.disabilityrightsoregon.org/programs.php For more information on the Competitive Employment Project: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/vr/cep

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