Work Incentives Benefits Counseling

The potential loss of benefits is one of the most persistent and pervasive fears among people with disabilities who are considering employment. Work is possible for benefit recipients. ERI can help with understanding choices and possibilities.

Our work incentives benefits counseling services are about making informed choices about work including:

  • avoiding overpayments
  • knowing the amount of earnings that will cause a change in benefits
  • managing changes in benefits
  • maintaining health coverage
  • knowing how to use appropriate work incentives.

Getting Started with Work Incentives Benefits Counseling

How do work incentives benefits counseling services work?


You may get referred for work incentive benefits counseling services from DVR, your Care or Case Manager, or through the IRIS program. You will start to work with an ERI Work Incentives Benefits Specialist (WIBS)!

Review Employment Goals and Information

Your ERI WIBS will complete an intake to learn about your benefits and talk about with you about your work experience, employment goals, and questions.

Sign Release Forms

We will ask you to sign releases of information (ROI) forms so your WIBS can verify your benefits, ensure accurate calculations, ask questions, or assist with a benefit problem if needed.

Review of Individualized Benefits Reports

Your WIBS will review your individualized report with you and your support team.

Follow-up and Support

If any of the changes mentioned below happen to you, you may want to contact your WIBS to find out if these changes will impact your benefits and healthcare situation.

You should consider contacting a Benefits Specialist when…

  • Considering working for the first time
  • Considering increasing your earnings
  • Considering re-entering the workforce
  • Developing a career plan
  • Actively job seeking
  • Seeking help with overpayments

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Why choose ERI for Work Incentive Benefits Counseling services?


ERI's team of Work Incentives Benefits Specialists value ongoing training and possess an in-depth understanding of both federal and state benefits programs. This expertise ensures that clients receive accurate, up-to-date information tailored to their specific situations.


One of the core missions of ERI is to empower individuals to achieve their employment goals without the fear of losing essential benefits. By sharing information about work incentives and options on what to expect, enables individuals to make informed decisions about work goals.


Recognizing that each individual's situation is unique, ERI provides personalized counseling that addresses the specific concerns and goals of each client.

Hear what people are saying about Benefits & Employment Counseling!

"ERI's expertise in answering any questions I have and their quick response to any concerns has been especially helpful."
"I found that I could open my own business and not lose benefits for awhile while I built the business and achieved financial benefits."
"I really felt like they cared about me and my situation. They never rushed me and always called me back right away."
"Pre-knowledge of what to expect will happen to my finances upon re-entering the work world of employment."
"Very clear and on point."
"I do bring up this program time to time to friends and family. I think this is a wonderful program that offers to help us."