Expand Your Organization's Resources and Serve More Clients
If you are already providing employment services and supports to people with disabilities, it is likely that some of them are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program. The Ticket program represents an excellent opportunity to access additional unrestricted funding both to help provide services to your existing clients and expand your client base. How your organization uses the additional funds is entirely up to your organization.
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 or 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 or 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.
Funds Generated are Discretionary
There are no Social Security rules on how your organization uses the funds generated by the Ticket to Work Program.
Gain Access to Social Security Beneficiaries
Social Security provides benefits to qualified people with disabilities under two different programs: SSDI and SSI. More than 12 million Americans are receiving these monthly benefits and many beneficiaries want to work. Once your organization becomes an EN and meets specific requirements, you can request a Beneficiary Referral List CD. The CD lists beneficiaries and their contact information in the zip codes in which you offer services.
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. Once your organization becomes an EN, it is up to the Ticket Holders you are serving and you to determine how much time is needed to work together for the Ticket Holders to accomplish their employment goals. Although the specifics are up to you and the Ticket Holders, an EN is required to have contact with the Ticket Holders whose Tickets are assigned to them at least once per quarter. It is in your best interest to assist Ticket Holders to engage in work that they both like and are qualified to perform, and that meets the needs of employers. 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.