Going back to work can be a scary prospect. You might wonder if you are ready, or if you will be able to maintain a substantial level of work despite your disability. It can be even more daunting when you realize you can be taken off your benefits if you are able to work. There is no need to worry, though. The Social Security Association created the Ticket To Work program to help you get back to work without financial danger or loss.
What is the Ticket to Work Program?
It is a volunteer program run by the SSA. They work with employers to create jobs that allow you to come back to work at a normal and monitored pace. The goal is to help you find a job, build skills, and eventually become financially independent. If you make progress in the program, the SSA may not reevaluate your disability until you have a stable job.
Will I Be Taken Off Benefits?
It depends. For some, their employment plan may include a longer transition period. In this case, you have to continually make progress in your plan to receive the benefits of the program (not having your disability reevaluated). But, generally, you have a 9 month trial work period without any repercussions. This is in-line with the Ticket to Work Program. If you finish your trial work period, are continuing work, and make a substantial amount ($1,130 a month) the SSA may then take you off benefits.
What Should You Do?
The first question you should ask yourself is, “Do I want to go back to work?” It can be very meaningful to go back to work and make significantly more money, but it might not be for you. If you are questioning your ability to work you can take this survey here: Work Readiness Quiz! You can also call this hotline: 1-866-968-7842.
Navigating the Ticket to Work program can be confusing. The volunteers can help you know what to do and where to go. But, when dealing with Social Security disability benefits, it is always helpful to have an attorney at your side. Here at Summit Disability Law Group in Utah, we understand the red tape of Social Security. We can help you receive and keep benefits along with helping you understand your path back to work. Call us today.