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.
The Maryland Employment Network
The Maryland Employment Network takes part in Social Security's Ticket to Work Program. We connect Social Security beneficiaries with the services they need to go to work.
We do this in two ways:
- We work in partnership with the vocational programs in these community mental health agencies: Alliance (Harford Co, Baltimore Co., and Baltimore City), Cornerstone Montgomery (Montgomery Co.), Goodwill (STEP) (Baltimore City and Carroll Co.), Humanim (Howard Co.), Mosaic (Carroll Co., Baltimore Co., and Baltimore City), Family Services, Inc. (Montgomery Co. and Prince George's Co.) and Upper Bay Counseling & Support Services (Harford and Cecil counties). If you are enrolled in or qualify for these programs, you can assign your Ticket to us after your services with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) are completed.
Then, you can continue to get personalized benefits counseling so that you can keep working toward increasing your income and maintaining your Medicare and/or Medicaid.
- If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary who is not enrolled in one of these community agencies, we can also talk with you about whether our services meet your needs. For example, we may be able to provide some help to you in finding a job and obtaining ongoing, personalized benefits counseling.
We also provide free one-day training sessions around the State of Maryland so that consumers, families and professionals understand the basics of Social Security's powerful work incentives and safety nets. CEUs are available for this training through the University of Maryland's Evidence-Based Practice Center (EBPC).
Contact us to learn more. You can also download our brochure. It explains how you can take part in Social Security's Ticket to Work program and how to find a community agency whose services match your needs.
The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration funds the Maryland Employment Network. Taking part in our programs is free and voluntary.