Social Security Work Incentives and the Ticket to Work Program

Social Security Work Incentives

If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), knowing the facts about work incentives and employment supports allows you to remain in control of your finances and health care during your transition to work and financial independence. For more information about your resources, see the Work Incentives Informational Fact Sheet below.

Work Incentives Informational Fact Sheet


The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket to Work Program) was authorized by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 160-170). The general goal of the Ticket to Work (TTW) Program is to expand the universe of service providers that are available to those individuals between ages 18-64 who are entitled to Social Security benefits based on disability (SSDI) and for those who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on disability or blindness.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has revised the TTW regulations to improve the overall effectiveness of the program to maximize the economic self-sufficiency of beneficiaries through work opportunities. The final regulations were published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2008 and are effective July 21, 2008. SSA believes that the New TTW Regulations will:

  • Encourage more organizations to become ENs and increase the range and number of service providers available to serve beneficiaries.
  • Promote more partnering between organizations and expand the range of services offered to beneficiaries.
  • Promote better coordination of a variety of services to beneficiaries at the federal, State and local levels, including coordination of VR and EN services and better coordination of SSA Work Incentives.




If you would like more information about TTW, visit the SSA's Ticket to Work Regulations website.

More information about the new TTW program is also avalible at MAXIMUS's Ticket To Work Website.

If you are interested in applying for Department of Rehabilitation services and want to learn more about the TTW program, contact DOR's toll-free helpline at:
1-866-449-2730 (Voice)
1-866-359-7705 (TTY)

You can also e-mail us at


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