Adelante's Ticket to Work - New Mexico's Largest Employment Network

FAQs: Ticket To Work

What are the Benefits of Assigning My Ticket to Work?
Is it Necessary to Have a Paper Ticket?
How long is My Ticket Good For?
What are Work Incentives?
Should I Re-Assign My Ticket to an Employment Network After I Close My Case with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)?
Can I Receive Services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and an Employment Network (EN) at the same time?
How Can I Find Out More About Ticket To Work? 
What are the Three Biggest Myths About Social Security Disability Benefits and Work?
What Happens if I Fail My "Timely Progress Review" While I Have My Ticket Assigned to an Employment Network (EN)?
 

What are the Benefits of Assigning My Ticket to Work? 
We provide:

  1. Individualized job development services.
  2. Follow along services to help you maintain employment.
  3. Guidance on how earning may affect your Federal benefits, and how to best manage these.
  4. Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) will be waived while your Ticket is assigned and making Timely Progress. 

 
Is it Necessary to Have a Paper Ticket?
 
No, the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently stopped mailing paper Tickets to your home. At this time, a “Ticket” is considered to be a symbolic document. You can verify whether or not you have a useable “Ticket” by calling 1-866-968-7842 or by contacting Adelante’ s Ticket to Work program at (505) 341-7131.
 
How long is My Ticket Good For?
 
Most “Tickets” are good for three to five years of follow along services from an Employment Network once employment is achieved. Services received prior to employment are not time limited.
 
What are Work Incentives?
Work Incentives are Social Security Administration disability program rules that allow you to reduce your countable income so that you can continue to receive a cash benefit while you explore work or look for a job that is right for you. Examples of such Work Incentives include the extension of Medicare and Medicaid coverage while working, Impairment-Related Work Expenses, and Plans for Achieving Self-Support. In addition, if your work attempt is unsuccessful, Social Security has made is easy for you to get back on benefits when and if needed. By applying Special Work Incentives and your Ticket, you have the opportunity to earn more than the amount of your disability payment. This will assist you in working towards becoming financially self-sufficient.

Should I Re-Assign My Ticket to an Employment Network After I Close My Case with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)?
Yes! After your Vocational Rehabilitation case is closed, you will have a 90-day period before you are subject to Continuing Disability Reviews. If you are working to achieve self-sufficiency, you should re-assign your Ticket to an Employment Network in order to stop future Continuing Disability Reviews and to receive follow along and Work Incentives Counseling services which are FREE.

Can I Receive Services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and an Employment Network (EN) at the same time?
No! You can only receive employment services from one Employment Network at a time. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) agencies are also Employment Networks. There is one exception to this rule. Many Employment Networks, including Adelante, do provide services to Vocational Rehabilitation clients on a contract basis as part of your VR services. In this case DVR still holds your Ticket. After DVR case closure, you can assign your Ticket to the Employment Network of your choosing to receive job retention and Work Incentives Counseling services.

How Can I Find Out More About Ticket to Work?
Adelante Development Center Inc. will provide you with as much information as possible to help you make an informed decision about assigning your Ticket. Please contact Adelante’s Ticket to Work program Manager, Ken Williams, at (505)-341-7131 or email at TicketToWork@GoAdelante.org.  


What are the Three Biggest Myths About Social Security Disability Benefits and Work?

  1. If I go back to work, I will automatically lose my Medicare or Medicaid.  THIS IS A MYTH!
  2. When I go to work, even if I am receiving support from an Employment Network, Social Security will do a medical review of my case and I could lose my benefits.  THIS IS A MYTH!  
  3. If my benefits checks stop because I go to work and then I have to stop working because of my disability, I will have to  reapply for benefits all over again. It took me forever to be approved for benefits in the first place.  It does not make sense for me to go to work.  THIS IS A MYTH!

   For more information about the three biggest myths download the flyer.   
   http://choosework.net/materials/SSA_3_Biggest_Myths_Flyer-Final.pdf


What is "Timely Progress"? What Does it Mean for Me if I Use My Ticket?
As long as you are participating in the Ticket to Work Program and are making the expected progress toward your employment goal, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not perform a medical "Continuing Disability Review" on you.  Every 12 months after you assign your Ticket to an EN, the SSA reviews your employment goals and looks at your progress in completing certain education or getting and keeping a job. SSA refers to this as a "Timely Progress Review"
 
What Happens if I Fail My "Timely Progress Review" While I Have My Ticket Assigned to an Employment Network (EN)?
The only thing that changes if you have your Ticket assigned and you do not meet “Timely Progress” requirements is the fact that you will then be subject to a Continuing Disability Review at your next scheduled Disability Review date.  Disability review dates are pre-scheduled at the time you are determined eligible for disability benefits and usually occur at, 3, 5, 7, or 10 year intervals depending on your type of disability.