'Ticket to Work' gives SSD beneficiaries a path to employment
The Social Security Administration provides a transition program for SSD beneficiaries who are considering reentering the workforce. The program is called "Ticket to Work."
August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- 'Ticket to Work' gives SSD beneficiaries a path to employment
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For individuals who have a medical condition that prevents them from being able to work, Social Security Disability benefits can be a real life saver. While SSD benefits are modest, they provide sufficient income to cover the expenses associated with a basic standard of living.
At a certain point, though, many beneficiaries want to try their hand at returning to work. For some, returning to work can be a way to earn a higher income than SSDbenefits will provide. For others, the desire to return to the workforce is more about regaining the stimulation and sense of independence that comes along with being gainfully employed.
However, many of these beneficiaries are hesitant to go look for a job because they fear losing their benefits. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration provides a transition program for SSD beneficiaries who are considering reentering the workforce. The program is called "Ticket to Work."
How the program works
Anybody who receives Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program. The program helps beneficiaries acquire job skills and assists them in securing employment. The program will also provide ongoing support services to help participants thrive in their jobs.
SSD beneficiaries can use the Ticket to Work program to make an effort at entering the workforce while still maintaining some eligibility for benefits. Participants will continue to receive benefits until their earnings exceed the eligibility limit set by the SSA. Participants may also be able to deduct certain "work incentives" from their countable income.
If the attempt at returning to work is unsuccessful, participants can often start receiving benefits again without having to reapply. Expedited reinstatement is available for up to five years after benefits were initially terminated.
How to enroll
There is no fee for participating in the Ticket to Work program. In order to participate, beneficiaries must initiate contact with either an Employment Network or a State Vocational Rehabilitation agency.
Employment Networks are organizations that have contracted with the SSA to provide employment services. Beneficiaries work with the Employment Network to create an "individual work plan" that will help beneficiaries identify career goals and secure a job. They also provide ongoing services to help participants succeed in their employment.
State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies provide similar services, but tend to offer more significant training and rehabilitation services and less ongoing support. Participants who choose this route can elect to transfer to an employment network if they need more support once the state agency closes their case.
SSD beneficiaries who have any questions about the Ticket to Work program or any other SSD issue are advised to discuss those concerns with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney. The attorney can help create a plan for moving forward while protecting eligibility for benefits.
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