2002 Leadership Challenges on Employment Policy

Audio Conference Series - February 28, 2002

Ticket to Work - Critical Challenges for all Stakeholders

Featured speakers:

Moderator: Michael Collins
Co Director and Principal Researcher
RRTC on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities

Robert Silverstein
Director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy

Dan O'Brien
Director, Community Rehabilitation Services Unit
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

Peter Baird
Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Ken McGill
Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment Support Programs
Social Security Administration

Mary Satterfield
National Project Director for Ticket to Work
Maximus, Inc.

This presentation discusses:

Title I of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (TWWIIA) creates a new program called the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. The new program will enable individual recipients of SSI and SSDI to utilize a ticket to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment services, and other support services from an Employment Network in their state approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Employment Network may be a local service provider, the vocational rehabilitation agency, an employer, a One-Stop Center, or a group of organizations who meet eligibility criteria established by SSA. With a ticket, supports are provided based upon individual work plans developed in partnership between the ticket holder and the Employment Network. SSA pays the Network in accordance with either an outcome payment system, or an outcome payment system with partial payments according to SSA prescribed milestones being met.

In 2002, SSA has designated the first thirteen states to implement the Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program. Final regulations for the Ticket were published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2001.

This audio conference archive offers a review and analysis of the new regulations, provides a status report on SSA’s certification of Employment Networks, and provides further comment and discussion based on lessons learned from implementation of an outcome based reimbursement system pioneered by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Our expert panel includes perspectives from inside and outside SSA and discusses the critical policy challenges regarding the setting of milestones, shared risk taking by SSA and Employment Networks, and implications for persons with the most significant disabilities.


Conference transcript (.pdf)
Conference transcript (HTML)

Audio Conference Brochure

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999
Title I: Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program
Comments on Final Regulations
January 2002

-prepared by Amy Porter and Peter Baird, CT

Powerpoint Presentation Describing the Ticket to Work Program

Policy Brief, January 2002
Volume 4, Number 1
Final Regulations Implementing the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (The Ticket to Work Program)
- prepared by Robert Silverstein (CSADP)

Ticket Workforce Briefing
- Dan O'Brien

Social Security Administration Work Site

Ticket to Work Program Information Section

Ticket to Work website

Laura Farah
Program Associate
Law, Health Policy & Disability Center
University of Iowa
College of Law