TICKET TO WORK

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help decrease reliance on Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). This program is specifically created to increase financial and independent well-being of program recipients. 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

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

There are no limits on the amount a recipient can earn for the first 12 months, allowing them to continue to receive their SSDI benefits.
Recipients continue to receive Medicare for more than seven years (at least 93 months) after they stop receiving SSDI cash benefits due to working full-time.
Recipients continue to receive Medicaid after they stop receiving SSI cash benefits due to working full-time.
Recipients do not need to worry about reapplying if they find they are unable to sustain full-time work

WORK INCENTIVE PLANNING & ASSISTANCE (WIPA)

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. 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. At employU, we will make every effort to meet clients in person, however, remote interviews can be accommodated as necessary.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors can expect to receive:

Analysis and verification of a customer’s benefits

Benefits Summary and Analysis report (BS&A) customized to each customer

A copy of the Benefits Planning Query (BPQY) from the Social Security Administration

Continued short and long-term customer support

For more information about the Work Incentive Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Porgram, contact Trish Reonas, Certified Community Work Incentive Coordinator at (407) 598-0202 or treonas@employu.org

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