Want to know more about employment services available to workers with disabilities? The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program offers job counseling and support services at Employment Networks across the United States.
Learn more about the program—and how to locate local Employment Networks—from the questions and answers below.
What is the Ticket to Work Program?
Ticket to Work is the Social Security Administration’s program offering disability beneficiaries the choices, opportunities, and support needed to become and stay employed, increase their earnings, and eventually become fully self-supportive. Under this program, SSA issues ‘tickets’ to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice where they can obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve an employment goal. Learn more about the Ticket to Work program.
What are Employment Networks?
ENs are providers (they can be state or local, public or private) that enter into a contract with SSA to coordinate and deliver employment services, VR services, and/or other support services under the Ticket to Work program. When a Social Security beneficiary assigns their ticket to an EN, and the EN accepts the ticket, the EN will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.
How can you find a local Employment Network?
Search for Employment Networks on CareerOneStop’s Service Locator. You can locate ENs across the United States by ZIP code or city and state. You’ll view a list of designated ENs in your area, along with:
- Email and phone contact information
- Addresses, maps and driving directions
- Languages spoken
- Disabilities served
- Services offered
Who can receive services at an EN?
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is eligible to receive services at an EN.
What services do ENs provide?
All ENs provide career counseling, job placement, and ongoing support services. Some provide additional services. When you Search for Employment Networks on CareerOneStop’s Service Locator, you’ll be able to view a specific list of services offered by each provider.