Creating Solutions for Persons with Employment Challenges

Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you have a waiting list?
  2. What is a DARS counselor?
  3. Do you accept private pay?
  4. Is there ever a time that you would not work with a client?
  5. Do I have to be willing to get off of Social Security benefits in order to be served by DARS?
  6. What is the Ticket to Work Program?
  7. If I choose to seek employment through the Ticket to Work Program, will I lose my Social Security benefits?
  8. How does the Ticket to Work Program work?
  9. What is the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency (ticket) Program?
  10. What is the goal of the Ticket Program?

Answer 1:

Sometimes we are very busy, and need a waiting list for certain services such as supported employment. That particular process is very labor intensive.

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Answer 2:

If you have come to Creative Achievements seeking employment, we often direct potential clients to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Each DARS office in Tarrant and Johnson counties has counselors that get assigned a number of cases. These counselors have a broad range of services to offer, and they are individualized for each client. Once a client is referred, we work hand in hand with that client and their DARS counselor.

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Answer 3:

We can discuss it, but it is rare. Usually our clients find a fit with either DARS or the Ticket To Work Program.

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Answer 4:

We pride ourselves on working with a diverse set of clients. There are rare times when it doesn't make good sense to continue with a client. Creative Achievements reserves the right to stop working with a client if they are not complying with the thing they need to do on their end to get a positive employment result.

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Answer 5:

No, that is not the case. There are several differences between Ticket To Work and DARS, and that is one of them.

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Answer 6:

Social Security's Ticket To Work Program help people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. The Program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket to work Program is free and voluntary.

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Answer 7:

Ticket To Work Program and work incentives allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational rehabilitation and gain work experience. Your cash benefit and Medicaid and Medicare often continue throughout your transition to work, and there are protections in place to help you return to benefits if you find you are able to continue working due to your disability.

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Answer 8:

You became eligible to participate in the Ticket To Work Program when you started receiving SSDI or SSI benefits based on disability. Participation in the Ticket To Work Program is free and voluntary; if you decide to participate, and you live in Tarrant and Johnson Counties in Texas, which includes Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Cleburne, Burleson, and Joshua, Texas, you can contact Creative Achievements at (817) 238-7802 or FAX (817) 328-7803. We offer specialized services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training.

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Answer 9:

The Ticket To Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security disability benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program, most beneficiaries become eligible for the Ticket To Work Program when they start to receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on disability. Beneficiaries may choose to assign their tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.

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Answer 10:

The ultimate goal of the Ticket To Work Program is to assist people receiving Social Security disability benefits by reducing their reliance on disability benefits. The Ticket To Work Program also seeks to promote increased self-sufficiency and greater independence for people receiving Social Security disability benefits through work.

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