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What is the goal of the Ticket Program?

The ultimate goal of the Ticket to Work Program is to assist people receiving Social Security disability benefits in reducing their reliance on disability benefits. The Ticket Program also seeks to promote increased self-sufficiency and greater independence for people receiving Social Security disability benefits through work.

Do I have to participate in the Ticket Program?

No. The goal of the Ticket to Work Program is to help people receiving Social Security disability benefits obtain employment and work toward greater independence and increased self-sufficiency. The Ticket Program is free and voluntary, meaning you do not have to pay for services received under the Ticket Program and there is no penalty for not participating.

Do I need to have the paper Ticket sent to me by Social Security in order to participate in the program?

No, you do not need to have the paper Ticket to start working with an approved provider of vocational services and supports called an Employment Network (EN). The EN you select can verify your eligibility to participate in the program.

Can I work with my State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency as well as another participating Employment Network (EN)?

It depends. The Ticket Program only allows you to work with one EN (including a State VR agency) at a time. However, you might be able to get services from the VR agency first and then, once VR closes your case, get follow-along or ongoing support services from a different EN.

Will I lose my Social Security benefits when I participate in the Ticket Program to get vocational services and supports?

You will continue to receive your benefits until you begin earning wages or self-employment income above the applicable earnings limit for the Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance program. In addition, Social Security cannot perform a medical "Continuing Disability Review" to determine whether you continue to have a disability while you are participating in the Ticket Program.

Can I use a Ticket to become self-employed or start my own business?

Yes, a Ticket can be used to obtain services and supports to help you become self-employed or start your own business. If you are interested in pursuing a self-employment goal, you should tell the EN you would like to work with about that goal early on in the process. You should be aware, however, that some ENs might choose not to accept the Ticket assignment from someone who has self-employment as a goal.