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Vocational Rehabilitation

The Social Security Administration administers the Ticket to Work Program.  Under this free and voluntary program, eligible beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 55, who are blind or have a disability and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, are entitled to sign up with an Employment Network (EN) or a State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency of their choice.

Vocaational Rehabilitation is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or medical disabilities to achieve their goals for employment and independence. These service providers coordinate and provide appropriate services to help eligible beneficiaries find and maintain employment.  Appropriate services may include training, career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, job placement and ongoing support services necessary to achieve a work goal.

The following resources will guide you through the process of vocational rehabilitation referral, outline the benefits of continuing to work and address questions regarding potential loss of benefits.

Conversations on Demand

The Network 12 Patient Advisory Council developed Conversations on Demand – live conversations with patient subject matter experts around their journey to returning to work. Hear from Bethany Stevenson, MSSW, LMSW, LCSW a Renal Social Worker as she shares why vocational rehabilitation is important for patients and a great story from her patient Charles on his journey with Vocational Rehabilitation. Listen Here.

General Resources

10 Benefits of Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Facility Checklist

Patient Care Best Practices Checklist

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