Ticket to Work/Social Security Administration
Social Security’s Ticket to Work (TTW) Program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI). The goal of the program is to provide access to services and supports to increase a person's ability to work, earn more than benefits alone, and eventually become economically self-sufficient.
Through the TTW Program, job seekers work collaboratively with the IBA Independence Employment Network to develop an agreement called an Individual Work Plan (IWP). This agreement is a roadmap to success, describing specific employment services, vocational counseling guidance, and systematic supports necessary to assist you towards your goal of financial independence.
TTW is not a direct hiring program. However, it can help you connect with job search resources and special hiring programs for individuals with disabilities. IBA Independence Employment Network has specialized job placement expertise and we have relationships with employers looking to hire people like you!
IBA Independence Employment Network is a subsidiary organization of IBA Resources, LLC.
An update to TTW legislation created a program known as Partnership Plus, which provides financial incentives to Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and IBA Independence Employment Network to work together to provide seamless support for mutual consumers and beneficiaries as they exit the DVR program.
The Partnership Plus model is designed to promote cooperation, collaboration and creativity in the provision of services and supports to assist job seekers with disabilities to achieve long-term employment success leading to economic self-support. A seamless handoff of services to IBA Independence Employment Network after DVR closes their case offers the following benefits:
- Expanding the scope of long-term services available to beneficiaries
- Allowing job seekers to receive intensive, up-front services from DVR while also utilizing their Tickets funding to secure ongoing employment support
- Improving service coordination between DVR IBA Independence Employment Network
- Providing job seekers who are working when their DVR cases are closed with access to up to five (5) additional years of ongoing support provided by IBA Independence Employment Network
- Providing a long-term funding source for job seekers engaged in Supported Employment
- Providing additional resources for job seekers to cultivate career paths and/or secure higher paying jobs after DVR case closure
- Extending job seeker protection from medical Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR)
- Maintaining and expanding best practices, ethical standards, and support for job seeker rights and choices by ensuring their options and choices under the Ticket Program are understood
- Ensuring the achievement of the intent/requirements of the Rehabilitation Act
- Increasing VR Cost Reimbursement for job seekers who achieve 9 out of 12 months of SGA earnings due to ongoing services provided by IBA Independence Employment Network after case closure
- Reducing the number of job seekers returning to DVR for additional services to re-enter, retain and/or advance in employment
- Emphasizing collaborative relationships so job seekers can access ongoing employment supports and engage in long-term competitive employment
- Engaging IBA Independence Employment Network in identifying intensive service needs and referring job seekers to DVR to meet those needs
- Providing an alternative for beneficiaries being wait-listed under a DVR’s Order of Selection (OOS)
- Facilitating increased cooperation and communication between and among service providers
- Emphasizing collaborative partnerships designed to assist job seekers to achieve economic self-support
- Providing the opportunity to strengthen all partners in the service delivery system
- Generating savings to the Social Security Trust Fund, the General Revenue Fund, and the taxpayer as increasing numbers of job seekers achieve financial independence