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General Selection Criteria

At TTWS we have general guidelines we use to determine if we may be a good match for you. Years of experience tell us that there are criteria that tend to result in successful outcomes. But if you feel that you have special circumstances that suggest we could work together, we do want to hear from you.

To qualify for services offered at TTWS, which include assistance with job placement and career counseling, you should meet the following criteria:

  1. You are receiving SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and/or SSI benefits (Supplemental Security Income)
  2. You currently have at least a GED (or) High School Diploma or nearing completion
  3. You have transportation or reliable means for getting to work
  4. You have been employed within the past 4 years

You should be interested in trying to pursue substantial, gainful employment (e.g. full-time job or part-time work that earns over $1220 per month). We know that, for many, returning to work or going to work for the first time means starting out with a part time job and at TTWS we support that. Our focus is to help you achieve self-sufficiency, meaning that you no longer receive Social Security cash benefits, if that is possible. It's a chance to try and see if you can work without fear of losing your benefits. If you have questions about how work may impact your benefits we can walk you through it.

 We currently do not provide the funds or resources to assist with the following:

  1. Finding employment in the home
  2. Starting up a business
  3. Paying for higher education degrees, courses or training

Again, if you do not meet the above criteria, and feel your situation warrants an exception, please call or write to explain. If you meet our criteria, and would like to have our Employment Network Questionnaire (ENQ) sent to you, please call us at 1-800-604-TTWS and we will be happy to assist you.

Once you've completed the required paperwork/forms and return them to us, your case will be handed over to one of our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.  After reviewing your paperwork, one of our Counselors will give you a call to discuss your needs.  If at that time, the Counselor feels we can assist you to go to work, an Individualized Work Plan (IWP) will be written and mailed to you for your review and signature. When we receive the IWP from you your Ticket will be assigned to us and you will be formally in the Ticket Program.

Our job placement services are provided by working closely with our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.  They will determine your needs by taking into consideration your abilities, interests, how long you have been out of work, your education level and what experiences you have obtained while you were actively working, if applicable.  By taking all these factors into consideration, the Counselor can best determine if and how we can assist you.   Together we will locate jobs that match your profile.

Career Counseling includes assisting you in finding employment by giving you job leads, advice on resume writing, interviewing skills, and advice on how to handle difficult situations you may encounter while trying to find employment.  Once you find employment, our Counselors will be there every step of the way for the next five years to help you to remain employed.  If you are not sure what path to take, or need to change careers due to your disability or other reasons, our Counselors can assist you in determining what transferable skills you may have to transition into another line of work.

We know that many of you face anxiety and uncertainty about what lies ahead; our master's and Ph.D. level counselors are experienced in helping you make adjustments that are essential to successfully going to work.