Ticket to Work Program

Massachusetts Attorneys Advising Applicants for Social Security

If you are a disability beneficiary who is experiencing an improvement in your medical condition, you may be considering the possibility of returning to work. If you have been out of work for a long time, however, you may be unsure about where to turn for employment, how to gain the skills you need to be a competitive candidate, or what effect an attempt at employment may have on your disability benefits. In an effort to assist beneficiaries in the return to work transition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created the Ticket to Work program, which addresses all of these concerns and more. At Kantrovitz & Associates, our Social Security lawyers have assisted numerous Massachusetts residents in the transition from disability beneficiary to employee under the Ticket to Work Program.

Understanding the Ticket to Work Program

Ticket to Work is a comprehensive program administered by the SSA that provides extensive job support and assistance to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients, while also protecting benefits for those who make the leap to return to work. While participating in Ticket to Work, SSDI beneficiaries are considered to be in a trial work period during which they continue to be entitled to receive government benefits. Additionally, even after the trial work period is over, participants are eligible for expedited reinstatement of their benefits, should they find themselves unable to work due to their disability. Ticket to Work participants also continue to receive health care benefits through SSDI and are exempted from the continuing disability review process. Thus, through this program, the SSA seeks to assist disability recipients in exploring their employment options and opportunities, without risking the immediate loss of their disability benefits.

The Ticket to Work program is administered through a variety of employment networks (ENs) that provide vocational services, job support, and other programs meant to support SSDI beneficiaries in their transition to work. After signing up for the program, a recipient can pick an EN to work with. Once assigned to an EN, the recipient can take advantage of classes, training, job support, resume coaching, and other vocational services offered by the EN. All of these services are provided for free. Each disability recipient is entitled to seven years of education, training, and work opportunities with an EN. General progress reports are required, and toward the end of the program, it is expected that a recipient will attempt to move into a permanent employment position.

Discuss Your Situation with a Government Benefits Lawyer in Massachusetts

Returning to work after a period of disability can be overwhelming and intimidating. In addition to considering how employment may affect their benefits, SSDI recipients must also navigate the hurdles that face any potential job seeker, including interviews, resumes, and updating one’s skill set. The government benefits attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates are dedicated to helping Massachusetts residents understand the support that the SSA provides for disability recipients who are returning to work. We also can advise you on how participation in those programs may affect your benefits. Based in Boston, we assist individuals from throughout Norfolk, Plymouth, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. Contact our office for more information at (800) 367-0871 or online.