Employment Networks do not have tickets. The beneficiary already has a ticket to work, but until the beneficiary assigns the ticket to an Employment Network, the ticket is considered “dormant.”
Ticket to Work is a program authorized by the Social Security Administration to provide employment services to most people receiving Social Security SSI and SSDI disability benefits.
Beneficiaries may choose to assign their tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services and other support services necessary to achieve a work goal. The EN (such as the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board), if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.
As a beneficiary, you can work whether you are in the Ticket to Work program or not. However, assigning your ticket to an Employment Network such as NRWIB significantly increases your chances of getting and keeping a job.
Applicants must be:
- Age 18 through 64
- Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
How to Apply
- Visit https://choosework.ssa.gov/mycall/ to sign up for free information, or
- Speak with a representative through the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Ticket to Work is not related to either unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation. Call 211 for further assistance and information.
Discussions of Ticket to Work applications are held with the beneficiary directly, not with relatives or friends.
As earnings increase, benefits go down. If earnings increase by a considerable amount, benefits are cancelled. Nevertheless, a beneficiary is more likely to become more prosperous by working.
The Ticket to Work program helps people increase their chances of employment, but does not hire anyone. Members of the program apply and compete for jobs like any other job seeker.
A beneficiary can go back to work and still receive benefits within limits.
If you have a Social Security number, we can determine whether you receive disability benefits, but not which kind.
Ordinarily, if a person receives $783 per month, then it’s SSI. If more than that, it is either SSDI or a combination of both. A person 65 years or older would receive retirement benefits, not disability benefits.
We can check the status of your social security ticket. A person cannot assign a ticket to both VR and the workforce board at the same time.
Ticket to Work is a program for beneficiaries who are willing to work full-time. You can start off part-time, but the goal is to eventually be working full-time, become self-sufficient, and no longer depend on disability benefits. Ticket to Work Employment Networks have a duty to decline applicants who have no intention of working full-time.
No. The program cannot assist with applications for SSI or SSDI benefits. Ticket to Work serves those who already receive SSI or SSDI benefits.