WIRC

New Hampshire's Online Destination for Information about Benefits
Planning and Work Incentives for Individuals with Disabilities

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Adding hours at my job gave me $120 more every month in wages, but my SSI was only reduced by $60, so I am coming out ahead.

Vanessa C.
Nashua, NH

Service Providers & Benefits Planners

Staff and professionals providing services to individuals with disabilities include employment specialists and job developers, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, and many others.  These individuals have an important role to play in assisting individuals to understand the importance of work, providing career-related services, and ensuring that individuals take advantage of work incentives to preserve eligibility for needed benefits.  A working knowledge of benefits programs and benefits planning is important for many types of Service Providers.

Staff who devote a substantial amount of their time specifically to the benefits planning function should have specific in-depth training and ongoing support.  In addition, a service provider in New Hampshire has the option of receiving specialized training and certification as a Work Incentives Specialist.