Ticket to Work Program (Who is involved and their responsibilities)
As a result of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed agreements with various entities to implement the Act. Below is a list of the entities and a brief description of their roles. SSA toll free number: 1-800-772-1213. Websites: http://www.socialsecurity.gov http://www.socialsecurity.gov/work http://www.socialsecurity.gov/work/Ticket/ticket info.html
MAXIMUS Under contract with the Social Security Administration, MAXIMUS, Inc. provides information about the Ticket to Work Program via its toll-free telephone service. MAXIMUS can assist beneficiaries interested in participating in the Ticket Program by locating an EN or State VR agency in their area. The toll-free number for MAXIMUS is: 1-866-968-7842; TTY/TDD: 1-800-325-0778. The informative website is: www.yourtickettowork.com .
Virginia Commonwealth University Benefits Assistance Resource Center (VCU-BARC) The purpose of the VCU BARC is to provide training and technical support to Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Projects and Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Projects on the operations of the Social Security disability benefit programs (SSI and SSDI) and all associated work incentives. VCU-BARC also offers training and technical assistance on the federal rules governing other national benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), HUD rental subsidy programs, Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation. The VCU BARC website contains briefing papers, fact sheets, promising practices, and other online resources. Contact Information: Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Workplace Supports, P.O. Box 842011, 1314 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23284-2011, (804)828-1851 VOICE, (804)828-2494 TTY, (804)828-2193 FAX Website: http://www.vcu-barc.org
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) projects The Disability Right Network comprises the nationwide network of congressionally mandated, legally- based disability rights agencies. These agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under all federal and state laws, to all people with disabilities (based on a system of priorities for services). These agencies monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions. They also devote considerable resources to ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlements, health care, accessible housing and productive employment opportunities. The PABSS Projects assist SSA beneficiaries to overcome barriers to obtaining work, returning to work, and/or maintaining work. In Pennsylvania, PABSS services are provided through Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. Contact Information: Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, 1414 North Cameron Street, Suite C, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17103, (717) 236-8110 or (800) 692-7443, (717) 346-0293 or (877) 375-7139 (TTY), FAX 717-236-0192. Website:
http://www.drnpa.org DRN uses Language Line as an interpreter services for persons who are non-English speaking. When you call DRN, the person answering the phone may not speak your language. Please, state the language that you speak and wait a few minutes until you can be transferred to an interpreter. You will hear music in the background until the interpreter is connected.
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Projects The Social Security Administration (SSA) was authorized by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, to award cooperative agreements to a variety of community organizations called Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Projects. These WIPA Projects provide SSA beneficiaries with disabilities (including transition-to-work aged youth) access to benefits planning and assistance services. WIPA Projects provide services that are different from those services provided by Employment Networks.