Becoming an EN
Expand Your Organization's Resources and Serve More Clients
If you already provide employment services and support to individuals with disabilities, it is likely that some are beneficiaries eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program under the Social Security Administration's Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The Ticket program represents an excellent opportunity to earn additional unrestricted funding both to help provide services to your existing clients and to expand your client base. Additional funds earned from the program may be used at your discretion.
If your organization decides to become an Employment Network (EN), you can start earning EN payments a month after a Ticket Holder has assigned his/her Ticket to you for employment. In some situations, your organization will be able to generate more than $5,400 in the first nine months of employment. And, if you help the Ticket Holder maintain that employment and increase his/her earnings for a number of months after disability benefits cease, your organization can potentially earn more than $23,600 for successfully serving that one person.
The Payments-At-A-Glance document, which can be found on our Resource Documents page, provides detailed information regarding the payments available through the Ticket program.
Fewer Requirements for Service Provision as Compared to Other Sources
If your organization relies on other Federal and state funding sources to serve individuals with disabilities, you are familiar with legislative and regulatory requirements such as mandating that an individual receive a certain number of hours of on-the-job assistance each month or documenting all activities designed to accomplish certain goals. It is up to you and the Ticket Holders you are serving to determine how much time is needed to accomplish employment goals. All payments under the Ticket program are based on beneficiaries attaining designated Milestones and Outcomes related to work and earnings after beneficiaries assign their Tickets to ENs, go to work, and move towards self-supporting employment.