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The goal of the Ticket to Work Program is to give disability beneficiaries the opportunity to achieve steady, long-term employment by providing them greater choices and opportunities to go to work if they choose to do so.

  • Ticket to Work is a voluntary employment-related Program.  A beneficiary is free to choose whether or not to use the Ticket as well as when to use it.  If the beneficiary decides to use it, he/she takes it to a participating Employment Network in his/her local area or he/she can take it to a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  • A beneficiary can only assign his/her ticket to one agency at a time.  A beneficiary can change agencies if he/she is not satisfied with the services as long as he/she informs the Social Security Adminstration that he/she wishes to do so and why, in writing.
  • Once a ticket holder identifies the agency that he/she wants to assign his/her ticket to, the ticket-holder talks with and develops a written individual work plan with the agency.  After this is done, the ticket is considered "in use".
  • When a beneficiary's ticket is in use, NO Medical Continuing Disability Reviews take place, as long as the beneficiary demonstrates he/she is making "timely progress" and/or working to meet the goals identified in his/her individual work plan.  Demonstrating timely progress allows ticket holders to continue to benefit from suspension of their continuing disability reviews.
Who is eligible to receive a ticket through this program?  People who are:

  • 18 years or older and have not reached age 65
  • Title II disability beneficiaries (some exceptions)
  • in "current pay status" for monthy Title II cash benefits based on disability (some exceptions)
  • receiving monthly Federal cash benefits based on a disability or blindness under Title XVI are not suspended and;
  • cases not under medical review for expected improvement or
  • cases where no final determination or decision on continued eligibility has been made

What services will OEI offer to Ticket-holders?

  • business/employer mentoring programs/internships
  • career consulting and strategies
  • case management
  • employer services within a One-Stop center
  • job accomodations
  • job/employment services
  • post-employment support
  • referral to services/support from local mental health or developmental disabilities providers
  • transportation assistance

For Assistance,
call Denise Leftwich or Jessica Harlan

OEI Employment Network