There is a tremendous amount of information available on-line regarding the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and its implementation by SSA and other Federal agencies. It is complex to sort out as you continue to learn about the details and stay involved. The following are sites the Panel finds very informative.
The primary source of information on this important public policy that affect the opportunities of millions of Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits become a part of the workforce is the www.socialsecurity.gov/work. You can find information on the implementation of the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program, the grant programs created by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (the Benefits, Planning, Assistance, and Outreach grants and the Protection and Advocacy of Beneficiaries of Social Security grants) and other information related to the employment of people with disabilities on this site.
Another very useful source of information on the Ticket to Work Program is Maximus, Inc. The Social Security Administration has contracted with Maximus to manage the Ticket Program. At their website, www.yourtickettowork.com , you can access information regarding the Ticket Program including finding an employment network near you, how to find out if you are eligible for the Ticket Program and a calendar of events related to the Ticket Program.
Some of the key provisions of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, related to medical benefits and coverage, are currently being implemented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Check their website often by clicking on www.cms.hhs.gov.
Other useful government sites related to the employment of citizens with disabilities:
(comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources)
Department of Education:
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/index.html
Rehabilitation Services Administration http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/index.html
Office of Special Education Programs http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html
Department of Health and Human Services:
Administration on Developmental Disabilities http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/
Center on Mental Health Services http://www.samhsa.gov/centers/cmhs/cmhs.html
The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/pcmr/
Department of Labor:
Office of Disability Employment Policy http://www.dol.gov/odep/
Employment and Training Administration http://www.doleta.gov/
General Accounting Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Other related sites:
The Access Board http://www.access-board.gov/
Interagency Committee on Disability Research http://www.icdr.us/
National Academy of Social Insurance http://www.nasi.org/
National Council on Disability http://www.ncd.gov/
Social Security Advisory Board http://www.ssab.gov/