Social Security's Vocational Rehabilitation Reimbursement Program
Social Security pays State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies for the cost of the service they provide to people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability or blindness if certain conditions are met. The services provided by a State VR agency are identified in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and are spelled out in an agreement between the individual with a disability and the VR counselor in an individualized plan for employment.
The services must result in the individual's return to work for at least nine continuous months at a substantial earnings level, which is referred to as substantial gainful activity. For more information about the earnings levels, go to: https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/sga.html.
State VR agencies can serve as Employment Networks (ENs) in the Ticket to Work Program or under Social Security's VR Reimbursement Program. In fact, State VR agencies are the only programs authorized by law and automatically approved to provide service to beneficiaries under the Ticket to Work Program without becoming an EN. Whenever a beneficiary receives services from a VR agency, Social Security considers the individual to be using their Ticket.
Visit the VR Reimbursement Claims Processing webpage for the latest statistical information and dollar amounts Social Security has paid to State VR agencies for services.
Social Security's Office of Employment Support Program's Provider Operations Team is available to provide training to personnel from State VR agencies on Social Security's cost reimbursement payment program.
To request for more information, please email:
Office of Employment Support Programs
For more information about the State VR agencies and the services they provide to people with disabilities, go to the Department of Education's Services, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration, website.