29 Sep Ticket to Work Program
For individuals who are receiving either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Ticket to Work program may be very helpful in obtaining and retaining employment. Securing employment has many benefits, including leading to greater financial independence.
How does it Work?
The Ticket to Work program is free and voluntary to beneficiaries of Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) developed the program to assist individuals to achieve a more financially independent life. From the SSA’s perspective, the program can help reduce or eliminate the dependence on SSDI and/or SSI cash benefits. Individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and already receiving benefits due to a disability are usually qualified without the need for anything else. The program connects individuals with free employment services that can assist with the following:
- Career counseling
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Job placement and training assistance from service providers
Eligibility for participation in the Ticket to Work Program is verified by the service provider the individual chooses to work with.
Individuals may choose to work with an Employment Network (EN) or state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency of the state in which the individual resides. When the individual selects a service provider to work with, it is known as “assigning the ticket.”
In exchange for the help the program provides, the individual must agree with the SSA that he or she will take specific action within timeframes set by the SSA. The specific action that the individual must complete is determined through discussion with the individual’s service provider. The specific action taken should result in the individual working at a specified earnings level or complete certain education or training.
The specified action that individuals complete towards employment are considered making “timely progress” in relation to:
- Completing education or training necessary to succeed at work and in the individual’s career
- Obtaining and keeping employment
- Reducing the need for SSDI and/or SSI payments
- Earning enough to no longer need cash benefits
Continuing Disability Review
Another benefit of the Ticket to Work program relates to Continuing Disability Review (CDR). Periodically, the SSA requires individuals receiving disability benefits to undergo reviews of their disability in order to determine if any changes have occurred. However, if an individual assigns their ticket before receiving a notice to undergo a CDR and he or she makes timely progress towards their employment plan, the SSA will not require a review of the individual’s medical condition. However, the SSA will conduct the review if the ticket is assigned after the CDR notice is received.
Charleston Disability Law Attorneys
The Ticket to Work program can help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to secure employment. However, it is just one of the benefits that are provided by the SSA. If you would like more information about the benefits offered by the SSA, speak with an experienced disabilities law attorney today. At the Klok Law Firm LLC, we are proud to help individuals with disability benefits claims and look forward to hearing from you.