If you're a senior citizen who wants to work but don't want to risk losing benefits - Social Security has just the ticket for you: the Ticket to Work program.
The Ticket to Work program may be able to help you obtain vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services free of charge.
When you use your Ticket, you can get help finding a job, vocational rehabilitation or other assistance. These services are provided at no cost to you by employment networks, which are private organizations or government agencies that have agreed to work with Social Security to provide employment services and other support to beneficiaries with disabilities and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. The Ticket to Work program gives you the opportunity to choose from a variety of employment networks.
Interested in putting your Ticket to work? Learn more about Ticket to Work and how to get one by calling MAXIMUS Inc., at 1-866-968-7842 (TTY 1-866-833-2967).
MAXIMUS is a private company working with Social Security. They can answer most of your questions about your Ticket and can give you the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of "employment networks" or the state vocational rehabilitation agency in your area.
In addition to the Ticket to Work program, Social Security has work incentives that help serve as a bridge between disability benefits and financial independence.
These work incentives include cash benefits while you work, Medicare or Medicaid while you work, and help with any extra work expenses you may have as a result of your disability.
You can find more information about Social Security and SSI work incentives by visiting The Work Site at www.socialsecurity.gov/work.
The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620. Information is also periodically provided by the Behavioral Health Services North Caregiver Resource Center. They may be reached at 565-4543 or 565-4625.