Let us take the guesswork out of the Ticket to Work program for you!
The Ticket to Work (TTW) program supports Social Security (SSA) beneficiaries who are ages 18-64, have a desire to work and increase their earning potential and self-sufficiency, and are actively receiving cash benefits. It is voluntary and free to qualifying individuals.
The TTW program offers person-centered, individualized career planning and employment supports. The TTW grants beneficiaries protection from the Continuing Disability Review (CDR) process when making timely progress. A CDR is a review that determines if someone still meets the SSA definition of disability and if they are eligible to receive cash benefits.
Together with your Employment Network (EN), an Individual Work Plan (IWP) is developed to identify and document those supports and actions needed to reach your self-sufficiency employment goal. While you are working towards self-sufficiency and making strides towards your employment goal, TTW monitors that progress through a Timely Progress Review (TPR). The TPR has specific guidelines for progress, which can be found in detail here.
When you assign your Ticket, Rise can assist you in identifying Work Incentives provided by SSA which may allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment and gain further work experience. Assistance with wage reporting can also be provided, to help prevent potential overpayments for benefits you may have not been eligible for as your employment earnings increase.
Rise became an Employment Network in 2002 following the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. This was created to allow increased choices in employment supports for individuals with disabilities.