Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income disability beneficiaries now have more opportunities to test their ability to work. Here are the employment resources that SSDI and SSI beneficiaries will have:
· More selections when seeking employment services;
· Increased health care coverage options;
· Local planning services for benefits;
· An easy process to get disability benefits restarted if a person’s medical condition precludes them from continuing to work; and
· A Ticket to Work.
How Does the Ticket Program Work?
The Ticket to Work program is voluntary. SSDI and SSI benefit recipients get free training, job referrals, and other necessary services required to work. A beneficiary can give their “Ticket” to an approved provider of their choice. The provider can be either an employment network or the state vocational rehabilitation agency. The beneficiary and the provider work together to create a work plan. The plan lists exactly what services the provider will supply. If a beneficiary first works with a state vocational rehabilitation agency, and their Ticket is not assigned to them, once the case is closed, the beneficiary can assign their Ticket to an employment network, as long as the beneficiary is still eligible to participate in the Ticket program.
What is an Employment Network?
An employment network is a group that may assist you in finding a job and provide other free employment services. They are listed on the MAXIMUS website.
What is MAXIMUS?
MAXIMUS, Inc. is a company that assists Social Security to run the ticket program. For additional information on the program, call MAXIMUS toll-free at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 for the hearing impaired. You can also visit the MAXIMUS website at: http://www.yourtickettowork.com/.