Although Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits are NOT paid out of the Social Security Trust, the SSA administers several programs with the intention of assisting persons who are receiving disability benefits back into the workplace.
TICKET TO WORK
The Ticket to Work program assists you in setting work goals through a plan agreed to by an SSA specialist and members of and employment network team. You are entitled to receive free vocational services including evaluations, job coaching, training and placement. Michigan Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that offers this support. They have offices throughout the state which can be located on their web site:
The Detroit District Office is located at Cadillac Place, 3026 W. Grand Blvd., Ste. 2-750, Detroit, MI 48202. Tel. (313) 456-3511 Fax. (313) 456-3510.
Together with an employment network of counselors and employers, you can design a plan to achieve your work goals. The members of the employment network will receive payment from the SSA without any contribution from you. Their pay is based on your ability to achieve your goals.
More information about the Ticket to Work Program can be found at the link below:
Their phone number is (866) 949-3687.
Persons who are thinking about participating in the Ticket to Work program must take advantage of Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) services. WIPA is a step by step process to assist people with disabilities, receiving benefits from Social Security helping them understand how employment will affect their Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and other benefits they may receive. WIPA also helps beneficiaries to understand how they can increase their financial independence. Thier web site is
Their phone number is 1-866-968-7842 and they have offices through out the state.