What is Ticket to Work for the Disabled?

Dwayne Ross is a Human Service Trainer, Staff Development Instructor and an Author Speaker & Teacher with over 20 years experience in Human Services. 

Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) program that helps people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) return to work. The Ticket program establishes Employment Networks (ENs) that accept tickets and provide employment services. The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) participates in the Ticket to Work program.

If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI or SSI) and are between the ages of 18 and 64, you are likely eligible for the Ticket to Work from Social Security. DORS, the public vocational rehabilitation program in Maryland, and your DORS counselor can help you find out more about available services for Ticket Holders.
How will the Ticket to Work program help you?
• You may be able to receive services and/or develop skills that will help you to find a job with health benefits and earnings greater than your SSDI or SSI.
• SSA will not conduct a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) of your case record if your Ticket is in use with DORS or an EN and you meet certain timelines in your program. (CDR reviews determine whether you continue to receive benefits based on your disability.)
• SSA has established special provisions that make it easier for people to try to work. This
includes ways to maintain your medical coverage and to get back on cash benefits if you start to work and then find out you cannot continue because of your disability.

Why choose DORS?

DORS helps people with all types of disabilities obtain or return to work. About 40% of the individuals with disabilities DORS serves are recipients of SSI and/or SSDI. Over the years, many have been assisted to return to work, and many of those have earned more than the amount of their cash benefits.
• Several ENs work with DORS to provide services that help people go to work and continue working.
• If you return to work, DORS may be paid back by SSA for the costs of your rehabilitation
• DORS has agreements with several ENs that can assist you in maintaining employment and addressing your Social Security benefits questions after your DORS case has been
successfully closed.

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