The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999- legislation designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people's decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing healthcare and coverage. Operating as an Employment Network (EN) under Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Ticket to Work Program is an important strategic approach to sustainability and collaboration in addressing the needs of people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) cash benefits. As such, this area of the site provides resources and materials around the Ticket to Work program for ENs.
Participation in the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program as an Employment Network (EN) is a required component of the Disability Employment Initiative. For those grantees who are not yet an EN it is essential to have a basic understanding of the Ticket Program prior to starting the application process. Additionally, this basic information is also essential to the public workforce investment system as it will provide an overview of the program as well as will provide all users with valuable resources that will enable grantees and the public workforce investment system to better serve Social Security Disability beneficiaries.
Employment Network Application Process
Becoming an Employment Network is a required to participate in the Disability Employment Initiative. This particular section provides resources specific to helping prospective ENs navigate the application process to become an EN. It includes basic information and overview resources as well as resources specific to workforce boards and One-Stops applying to become and EN. It also includes links to tutorials that may be helpful as workforce entities are working on the EN Application process.
Employment Network Operations
This area of the site was created to provide new and prospective ENs with information about operating as an EN. It includes information about creating a business model, assigning tickets, the new workforce Eprocesses option, Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGLs) that are specific to the EN and ticket program, and a host of other resources that were created to assist ENs as they move from the application and approval of being an EN to a fully functioning EN.
As a person with a disability, Social Security benefits, whether in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be an integral part of the one's financial picture and can directly relate to one's ability to work, develop assets and accrue wealth. Because benefits can have such a large impact, it is essential to have a basic understanding of Social Security Disability benefits and their associated work incentives. This section provides general information about both SSI and SSDI as well as the different work incentives that are associated with each of these benefit programs.
The Webinar Training Archives page contains links to archived webinar trainings that cover a variety of topics related to disability and employment issues as well as service delivery components associated with the Disability Employment Initiative.
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