Work and Disability Benefits
If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits and have a specific work goal, are working or have a job offer, we can help you understand how earned income will affect your cash, medical and other benefits. We can inform you about work incentives that can ease your transition to work and help you understand and navigate Social Security related work rules. Our Certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators have knowledge of Social Security, Medicare, AHCCCS and other government programs. We can show you how work pays!
Work is the key to financial empowerment!
- There are work incentives and community resources available to help people transition from benefits to employment. Most people do not know about them. We do!
- People living with disabilities often can and want to work.
- People with disabilities have skills, knowledge and talent to benefit an employer.
- Working can improve a person’s quality of life.
- Each person’s circumstances are unique and that the journey from benefits to employment can be frightening and complex.
- Many people with disabilities on Social Security benefits are living in poverty and…
Who we are: We are experienced Community Work Incentives Coordinators who have trained knowledge of Social Security, Medicare, AHCCCS and other government programs.
What we do
We provide benefits, work incentives, asset development, advocacy and financial consulting to empower individuals with disabilities to:
- Realize the financial, health and social benefits to employment
- Transition from benefits to employment using Social Security work incentives, other federal and state programs and asset development tools
- Learn about and navigate the program rules that are affected by employment
- Understand changes earned income will have on current health, cash and other benefits
Services to Social Security Beneficiaries with Disabilities
Support people’s pursuit of their employment goals
- Develop plans to guide them as they move forward
- Connect them to valuable community resources
- Teach them self-advocacy skills for managing their “benefits” and work incentives
- Problem solve, encourage them and celebrate their successes
- Written Benefits Summary and Analysis and Work Incentives Planning
- Assistance developing SSA Plans for Achieving Self-Support
- Benefits Management Skills Instruction and Assistance for beneficiaries that need ongoing help once employed
- Asset Development referrals for home ownership, education and self-employment goals
- Group presentations on the SSA “Ticket to Work” and SSA Work Incentives and our Benefits 2 Work Arizona program.
Call the toll-free number below or
email Benefits 2 Work to speak with us today!
Voice: 602-443-0720, Arizona Relay: 711
866-304-WORK (9675) Toll-Free Statewide!
Benefits 2 Work Arizona is an initiative of Ability360 supporting Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities in their transition to work with a subcontract to DIRECT Center for Independence in Tucson.
The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Social Security ($300,000) Administration. The contents of this web page are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views of the Social Security Administration.
Ticket to Work Basics
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. It was designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing health care coverage. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations, while minimizing the risk of losing necessary health care.
Under the Ticket Program, the Social Security Administration provides disability beneficiaries with a “Ticket” they may use to obtain the services and jobs they need from organizations called Employment Networks (ENs). Beneficiaries receiving Tickets can contact one or more ENs to discuss services, and once an agreement between the beneficiary and EN is reached, the two work together to develop a work plan to assist the beneficiary in reaching his or her employment goal.
To learn more about the Ticket to Work, visit www.choosework.net.
AZ Disability Benefits 101 (AZ DB101) is an online tool to help Social Security beneficiaries make informed decisions about going to work. AZ DB101 gives you tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits.
• How work, healthcare and cash benefits interact with one another
• How to maximize your earnings by using work and healthcare incentives
• About the options you have today to increase financial well being and become more self-sufficient
• About local resources that can support you to get a job or stay employed
• Benefit and Work Calculators for your situation
• Easy-to-read descriptions of state, federal, and private benefit rules and programs
• Life situation articles for youth and adults
• References to local, state and national resources
Arizona Disability Benefits 101 is brought to you in partnership with the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration and Arizona’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (1QACMS300122) administered by AHCCCS.
Visit Arizona Disability Benefits 101 at www.az.db101.org