CHECKLIST FOR USING YOUR ĎTICKET TO
CHOOSE to use your
Understand the rules of the different
programs from which you receive public
benefits and then determine how income from
work will impact:
- Social Security
- State Benefits, such as,
Food Stamps and Cash
Meet with Benefits Planning, Assistance
and Outreach programs to answer the above
Decide whether you want to work at a level
that will stop your cash benefits from Social
Determine what employment services you
will need in order to go to work at a level
where you will eventually become ineligible
for cash benefits
- Determining a Vocational Goal
- Career Exploration
- Education or further training
- Interviewing Skills
- Job Development
- Assistive Technology
- Job Coach
- Professional, Peer or Natural
Supports to keep the job
Find the Employment Networks in Your Area
Maximus, the Program Manager, at
- Request a listing of all the
Employment Networks serving individuals
in your geographical area. Make sure to
request a listing of all the networks
and ask them to mail the list to you.
- Check the Maximus website:
Call the Employment Networks in your Area
- Exercise Your Right to Choose
Who Will Serve You!
- Call all of the Employment Networks
in your area. Some ENís may
traditionally serve individuals with
certain types of disabilities. However,
under the Ticket to Work Program, most
ENís have shown an interest in serving
people with disabilities that they have
not traditionally served.
- Ask to speak to a staff person
dealing with the Ticket to Work Program
and tell them that you have a Ticket and
may be interested in placing your Ticket
- You will be asked a series of
questions to find out more about you and
your goals. They will be trying to
determine if the services they offer
match your needs.
- Take this opportunity to ask them
questions about their services and how
they can help you reach your goal.
- You want to pick the EN that you feel
comfortable working with and that you
believe can best serve you.
- Donít be discouraged if an EN
decides not to accept your ticket. There
may be many reasons why the EN chooses
not to work with you and it may have
nothing to do with your ability to work.
This is why it is important for you to
contact all the ENís serving your
- All ENís (except for DRS) have the
right to choose not to work with you
just as you have the right to choose not
to work with them.
Choose an Employment Network
- If you and the EN agree to work
together towards your goals then
together you will both create an
Individualized Work Plan.
- This spells out exactly what the EN
will do and what you will do to get
- PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS!
- You have the power to change or
modify this plan so that it is
satisfactory to you!
- Your Ticket is not officially placed
with the EN until this plan is submitted
to Maximus! It cannot be submitted
without your approval!
- If you do not like the plan, you can
reject it and try to place your Ticket
with another EN
Assign Your Ticket and Start Working
Toward Your Goal
- Once your Ticket is assigned,
concentrate on following your IWP.
- SSA will measure your progress under
the Work Plan.
- There is no requirement to work
during the first twenty-four months of
- During months 25-36, you should earn
a gross income over the SGA ($810 in
2004) for 3 months.
- During months 37 through 48, you
should earn a gross income over the SGA
($810 in 2004) for 6 out of 12 months.
- During months 49 Ė 60, you should
have a gross income that disqualifies
you from receiving SSDI or SSI.
- If you do not meet these goals of
timely progress, it does not mean that
you will be withdrawn from the Ticket to
Work Program or you will lose your
- However, if SSA decides that you have
not met these goals, you could be
subject to a Continuing Disability
Review. If SSA decides that you are no
longer disabled through this CDR, you
could lose your benefits.
Understand Your Right to Quality Services
Under the Ticket to Work Program
- You and the EN should be working
together to reach your employment goal.
- If you are dissatisfied you have two
- First you may choose to utilize
the dispute resolution system
created by SSA. If your EN is the
DRS, you may also exercise your
right to file an appeal under their
pre-existing system (the CAP
- Second, you can pull your Ticket
from the EN that you assigned as
your provider. If you pull your
Ticket you can try to place your
ticket with another EN. You can
take as much time as you want to
find another EN.
- However, after three months, SSA will
consider your Ticket not in use and you
may be subject to a CDR until your
Ticket is placed with another EN.
- If you are dissatisfied with the
services that an EN has provided to you,
or are thinking about changing EN, you
should call Equip for Equality at
800-537-2632. They will be able to
assist you in using the dispute
resolution system or discuss with you
the positives and negatives of changing
This checklist was done in collaboration
between the Work Incentives Support Center of
Health & Disability Advocates, formerly SSI
Coalition, and Equip For Equality, Protection and
Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)