Programs Through the Social Security Administration
Ticket To Work
What is Ticket to Work?
Ticket to Work is a free and a voluntary program offered by the Social Security Administration that aims to help people receiving SSI and SSDI benefits back transition back into the workforce. Through this program, participants are connected with free employment services (through Employment Network (EN) Service Providers) that assist in them in deciding if becoming more financially independent through workforce opportunities is right for them. This program is specifically created to increase financial and independent well-being of program recipients.
Who is eligible?
Those ages 18 through 64 who received SSI and SSDI benefits due to a disability are eligible to participate in Ticket to Work. Your EN service provider can verify your eligibility or you may call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to check your eligibility status.
How does it work?
When participating in Ticket to Work, participants will work with employU towards financial independence by becoming and staying employed and reducing or eliminating SSI/SSDI cash benefits. As an Employment Network (EN) Service Provider, employU can assist with the following support at no cost to the recipient:
Benefits/Work Incentives Counseling
Career Planning/Counseling Job Search and Placement
Resume creation and Interviewing
Ongoing Employment Support
Assistance with Work Accommodations
- There are no limits on the amount a beneficiary can earn for the first 12 months of employment, allowing them to continue to receive their SSDI benefits.
- Beneficiaries continue to receive Medicare for at least 93 months after the last Ticket to Work Program month has been used.
- SSI recipients continue to receive Medicaid after they stop receiving SSI cash benefits due to working full-time, up to very generous income levels determined by the state.
- Recipients do not need to worry about reapplying if they find they are unable to sustain full-time work.
Certified Work Incentive Practitioners (C-WIP)
Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be referred to employU to speak with a Certified Work Incentive Practitioner. The program’s purpose is to ensure that recipients obtain correct information and can use it to make a successful transition to work. Our program provides an easy-to-access entry point for recipients to acquire initial and ongoing benefits support they need to attain, maintain and advance in employment.
A Certified Work Incentive Practitioner will provide:
PARTNERING WITH THE AMERICAN DREAM NETWORK (ADEN)
employU is partnered with the American Dream Network (ADEN) to provide employment services to recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Recipients are able to earn income and continue to receive SSI or SSDI benefits as long as they do not exceed the maximum amount. For more information, please see a benefits advisor.
There are times that when an SSI or SSDI recipient feels they are capable of earning more income than what they receive under the benefit while working part- time. This is where employU steps in. Through our partnership, employU offers no-cost employment services to help SSI or SSDI recipients obtain new full-time employment or improve a current employment status. employU assists with the job preparation and the search process. We also provide job coaching support to boost confidence and foster independence from SSI and SSDI benefits.
Employment services are also available to recipients who lost SSI or SSDI benefits within the last 90 days due to exceeding the maximum allowable income. This service is of no-cost to the participant and the levels of service are customized to each individual.