The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people receiving SSI and SSDI who are interested in going to work. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.
The Social Security Administration contracts with a private company called Maximus to administer Ticket Program. Disability beneficiaries are given a Ticket they may use to obtain the services and jobs they need from organizations called Employment Networks (ENs).
VocRehab Vermont is an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program. VocRehab also partners with community organizations as a joint EN. An individual may assign their ticket to VocRehab by signing SSA’s 1365 form which details employment plan goals and is signed by both the job seeker and the VocRehab counselor. If you have questions, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or call us at 1-866-879-6757.
Why does VocRehab Vermont want me to assign my Ticket to them?
If you go to work and earn income above a certain level, VocRehab Vermont will receive outcome payments from the Social Security Administration. VocRehab Vermont puts those funds back into services for other customers.
What happens if I am not able to go to work?
Nothing. There is no consequence if you are not able to go to work after assigning your Ticket.
Besides employment services, does assigning my Ticket to VocRehab Vermont benefit me in any other way?
The Social Security Administration will suspend any scheduled medical review for at least one year after you assign your Ticket, and up to six additional years if you have certain employment, training, or educational goals. Talk to a Benefits Counselor for more details.
Do I have to assign my Ticket to VocRehab Vermont?
No, you do not have to assign your Ticket to VocRehab Vermont, and this will not affect your services in any way. After your case is closed with VocRehab, you can choose to assign your ticket to another Employment Network. If you would like more information on other Employment Networks or general information on the Ticket to Work Program you can contact the following independent resources:
- Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778 or www.socialsecurity.gov/work
- MAXIMUS Beneficiary Hotline: 1-866-968-7842 or TTY 1-866-833-297 or www.yourtickettowork.com
- Disability Rights Vermont: 1-800-834-7890 or https://disabilityrightsvt.org
- Vermont Center for Independent Living: 1-800-639-1522 or https://vcil.org
What happens to my SSI or SSDI benefits if I go to work?
Going to work may affect your SSI and SSDI benefits as well as other state or federal benefits depending on how much you work and what benefits you receive. In most cases you will be better off financially if you are able to work. However, it is very important to get good information on your specific situation. We strongly recommend you work with a qualified Benefits Counselor to help you understand how work will affect your benefits.
In Vermont you can get benefits counseling services following:
- Vermont Center for Independent Living: 1-800-639-1522
- VocRehab Vermont: 1-866-VRWORKS (1-866-879-6757