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NCIL Request to Congress: Reform SSI for Career Building Youth! 2014 Update
The California Working Disabled Program: Lessons Learned, Looking Ahead
The California Working Disabled Medi-Cal Buy-In Program (CWD) was implemented in April 2000 to enable disabled individuals to participate in the workforce without the threat of losing their Medi-Cal coverage. Although a relatively new program, policymakers and advocates have already begun considering programmatic and policy changes that would build on the existing program, expand eligibility, and broaden access to certain services.
California’s Comprehensive Workforce Development System: A Disability Access Policy Framework Coming of Age
Whether one grows up with a disability, becomes newly diagnosed while employed, experiences a sudden onset of disability from an accident or is entering the workforce with a disability, the level of support must be based upon assessment of the person to the program(s), not the reverse. By expanding collaboration between the human resource departments of employers, providers of public and private health care services, and generic employment programs such as One-Stop Career Centers, the policies and grants described in this brief will have a greater likelihood for success.
Ticket Eligibility and Use Employment Networks Work Group Report
The Workgroup met numerous times from September 2000 through January 2001 to address key issues in the Ticket program and in the provisions in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program. Their review and discussion/deliberation of issues related directly to beneficiary use and operation of the Ticket program and to the work and qualifications of employment networks as service providers under the new law. What follows is a discussion of eight (8) key issues identified by the Workgroup, along with a brief discussion, summary of public comments, and their recommendations to the full Panel consideration.
The Ticket to Work Question and Answer Sheet
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act (TWWIIA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 17, 1999. The Ticket to Work portion of the Act creates a choice for SSI and/or SSDI beneficiaries of where to receive employment training services. The Ticket to Work is an entitlement for SSI and/or SSDI beneficiaries and is not mandatory. In the past, persons on SSI and/or SSDI benefits went through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for employment training. And though persons can still use VR services for vocational training, the Ticket to Work allows SSI/SSDI beneficiaries to choose from many more sources, known as Employment Networks, to get these employment services.
California Department of Rehabilitation
Assessment, information and referral, training, job search help and placement, counseling and guidance, assistive technology and independent living services. 866-449-2730 Voice, 866-359-7705 TTY.
California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
California state government advisory body to increase employment of youth and adults with disabilities to rates as close as possible to that of the general population.
Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Projects from Social Security
Awards made late September 2006.
Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (Pacific DBTAC)
Pacific DBTAC is a project of the Public Health Institute. This site provides resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology.
Social Security Administration Office of Employment Support Programs, OESP
Office of Employment Support Programs, OESP Social Security’s web site focused on employment: or
Youth with Disabilities, Social Security Administration Office of Employment Support Programs, OESP
This section of the Social Security Work Site is dedicated to youth with disabilities. Information in this section is helpful to youth with disabilities, parents, families, teachers, and counselors.
Social Security Administration on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 Fact Sheet
A fact sheet from the Social Security Administration on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
Social Security Rules and Program Operations Manual System
Public version of the SSA Program Operations Manual System (POMS), a primary source of information for Social Security employees, a technical resource for others.
The Red Book (A Guide to SSI and SSDI Employment Support for Persons with Disabilities)
Information for providers and advocates about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Advisory Panel
Information on Panel Members, meetings, calendar of events, news, progress reports, policy briefs and panel recommendations.
Virginia Commonwealth University on Employment Support
Information, research and resources on employment for people with disabilities. Topics range from work accommodations to workforce training. Includes links to a variety of business partners.
National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth
The site is a national collaboration on youth, workforce development and disability. The site provides resources, publications, links and features promising practices.
National Center on Workforce and Disabilities/Adult
The official web site for the National Center on Workforce and Disabilities, for adults. Includes information on One-Stop Career Centers.
Ticket to Work program Information Services
Ticket to Work Program facts, dates, training and resources. This site is managed by a contractor.
SSA Work (the Social Security Administration’s Work Incentives Program)
Produced by the Institute for Child Health Policy. Resources include videos on the Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) and Ticket to Work program.