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Helping the Disabled Return to Work Gets a Federal Boost

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Disabled workers face a rougher economy than other Americans when looking for work. Whether we are in tough times like now or the economy is booming, disabled workers hoping to return to work face discrimination and higher unemployment rates. They may have been disabled for years, which leads to a loss of job skills and certifications that are often necessary to keep pace with change. To combat these challenges that the disabled face, the Department of Labor just made a large investment of more than $21 million to help disability beneficiaries return to work.

Unfortunately, those federal funds will not be coming to Oklahoma, but they will go to benefit a number of other states – nine states that had received funding before and will be continuing, and then seven new ones.

The agencies within the Department of Labor that will be helping states administer the funds are the Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. Both of these play important roles in helping disabled workers get the training and resources they need to transition back into the work force.

The list of services that the federal funds will help bolster in the states receiving the funds is extensive. Some of them include:

  • Vocational rehab services, mental health and development disability assistance, Medicaid support, and independent living centers and organizations in the community that also help disabled workers return to work

Along with Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, disability beneficiaries will have improved opportunities to start working again and earning more money than their benefits may be providing. Have you had any experience working with Social Security programs to transition back into work after suffering a disability? Our Tulsa SSI lawyers would like to hear your success stories.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Programs Help Disabled Workers Transition Back into Work

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Many criminal instances of fraud involving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits involve beneficiaries who continue to work while receiving disability benefits. While, in most cases, disability beneficiaries should not be working while also claiming to be disabled, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) does offer programs, like the “Ticket to Work” one, which enable people to transition back into the work force.

A “Ticket to Work” provides disability beneficiaries a literal ticket in the mail that they can use with certain employment networks that the beneficiary chooses. These networks provide many resources to disabled workers hoping to return to work. The networks offer career counseling, job search help and job training, amongst other resources. A Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer can provide more information to disability beneficiaries about returning to work.

In exchange for exploring work options, applicants receive other benefits from the government. When they make such employment efforts, the government may put their medical reviews on hold, for example, so that they can continue to have Medicare coverage even if they stop receiving SSDI benefits. There are certain amounts that a beneficiary can make while transitioning back into work while continuing to receive some disability benefits. The eventual goal is for the beneficiary to return to work and make more money than he or she would be receiving from SSDI or SSI. More details on the “Ticket to Work” program are available from a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney.