How much can I work when I receive Social Security disability benefits?
Will I lose my health coverage if I go to work?
What if I go to work and then my disability gets worse?
Consumers, families, advocates and professionals:
Do you have questions about Social Security’s work incentives and safety nets?
We open our toll-free telephone line on Mondays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and on Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to anyone. Call 1-855-384-2844.
You will speak with Shannon Smiles, a Certified Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC).
This is a free, confidential service to help you make informed choices about going to work.
A group of community providers who provide supported employment services joined together to form the Maryland Mental Health Employment Network (MMHEN). The purpose of the MMHEN is to help people who receive Social Security disability benefiits take part in Social Security's Ticket to Work program. The MMHEN is an employment network (EN).
These community providers are: Alliance, Humanim, Mosaic Community Services, Goodwill (STEP) and St. Luke's House.
The Ticket to Work Program (TTW) helps people reduce their reliance on Social Security disability benefits, increase income and become more self-sufficient.
Any disabled person age 18 to 64 who is receiving Social Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can take part in this free, voluntary program. The beneficiary can get the support services they need to go to work from approved supported employment providers known as Employment Networks (ENs). These services include job placement, job coaching and other ongoing supports.
Under the Ticket to Work Program, every beneficiary has the right to choose whether to use their ticket and which Employment Network to utilize.
Supported Employment Providers offer assessment, vocational preparation, and work placement assistance as well as other support services to help beneficiaries reach their employment goals. The provider caseworker will help develop an Individual Work Plan (IWP) based on the consumer’s needs and preferences. The Office on Mental Health will review the plan and submit it to Maximus, the administrative service for Ticket to Work at the Social Security Administration.
Based on the IWP information and beneficiary’s history, a Maximus representative determines whether the consumer is eligible to participate in the TTW program. Once a determination is made, the beneficiary’s ticket is assigned the Office on Mental Health.
Protections from TTW allows beneficiaries the ability to develop individual work plans, acquire necessary job skills, find competitive employment and continue health care coverage while keeping their disability benefits intact. While participating in the Ticket to Work program, beneficiaries are exempted from Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs).
When the beneficiary's earning levels are achieved, the Office of Mental Health certifies income using the Certification of Earnings form and requests payment from Maximus using the Payment Request form. Providers receive payment at a rate of eighty percent. Twenty percent is allocated to the Office on Mental Health.