Thurston and Mason Benefits Planning Program

Benefits Planning Helps You Succeed

Benefits Planning helps you understand the impact of work on your benefits such as cash, medical, housing, personal care services and food benefits.


A benefits advisor can help you explore work incentives, develop a plan to transition to work or explore how your benefits will be impacted when your work situation changes – such as an increase in hours or a career change.


Are you receiving Disability Benefits and…

  • Considering earning more due to increased hours, a promotion or career change?
  • Concerned about changes in your Social Security benefits due to an increase in your income?
  • Worried that you could lose your Medicaid or other medical eligibility?

Benefits planning can help find the answers to these and other questions for workers with developmental disabilities who need benefits and services to live, work and participate in life.




Work-Ability is free benefits planning for individuals with developmental disabilities living in Thurston and Mason Counties who are:

  • Age 20 and older;
  • A client of DDA (or going through the eligibility process); and,
  • Seeking employment or have recently experienced (or anticipate) changes.

Email or call Angela Dirk, the Arc of Washington State’s Certified Benefit’s Practitioner for more information:



                                                           Angela Dirk




                                                    360-357-5596, ext. 109


                                                    888-754-8798, ext. 109




                                                                      Benefits Planning Recourse Section


WISE Benefits Planning Resources

Resources for both Washington State and national benefits are included.  This includes both informational sheets and videos on SSI and SSDI cash benefits, Medicare and Medicaid.

A COVID-19 page includes information on the 2020 CARES act and information on continued Medicaid eligibility in Washington State during this public health emergency.

Site includes nationwide information on programs available including employment accommodations, housing programs.  Articles on current events and resources are included.


Pathways to Employment

A site developed by the State of Washington with tools and information regarding employment supports and assisting individuals who are transition back to work or working for the first time.



Social Security Publications & Medicaid (Apple Health):


Disability Benefits –


SSI – Supplemental Security Income –


SSDI – Social Security Disability Income –


Medicare –


Medicaid – Washington Apple Health –



This program is funded by a grant from Thurston and Mason Counties Developmental Disabilities and The Arc of Washington State.