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How Many People Are Eligible for
the Ticket Program?
The Ticket to Work Program is an
employment program that is available to most Social Security
beneficiaries with disabilities who meet certain criteria.
The Social Security Administration notifies those
beneficiaries who are eligible to participate in the Ticket
Program by issuing them a Ticket. Beneficiaries receiving a
Ticket are referred to as Ticket-holders. More than 11
million Ticket-holders are eligible to participate in this
nationwide Program and many are already working.
How Does the Program Work?
The Ticket Program is flexible and
voluntary – Social Security Administration beneficiaries are
not mandated to participate and in most cases, ENs can chose
which services they want to provide, where, and to whom.
Beneficiaries receiving Tickets can contact one or more ENs
to discuss services and once an agreement between the
beneficiary and EN is reached, the two work together to
develop a work plan to assist the beneficiary in reaching
his or her employment goal.
Every month a Ticket-holder is employed
at a certain wage level, ENs receive revenue.
What is an EN?
Any agency or instrumentality of a state
(or political subdivision), or a private entity that takes
responsibility for the actual delivery of services or the
coordination/referral of services is eligible to apply to be
an Employment Network (EN).
Employment Networks can be a single
entity, a partnership or alliance of entities (public and/or
private), or a consortium of organizations collaborating to
combine resources to serve Ticket-holders.
What is the Role of MAXIMUS?
The Ticket to Work legislation required the Social
Security Administration to identify a contractor to assist
in the administration of the Ticket To Work Program. MAXIMUS
was awarded two contracts to serve as Operations Support
Manager (OSM) and Ticket Program Data Operations Center
Manager (TPDOCM). MAXIMUS role as OSM and TPDOCM includes:
Establishing and maintaining a Technical Assistance and
Support Center to assist all prospective and current
Employment Networks and State Vocational Rehabilitation
Administering and supporting the Ticket assignment
Administering and supporting the Employment Network
Ansuring the continuity and seamless operations of the
Ticket Program for the Employment Networks and State
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.
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