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Provider Incentives and Return to Work: Strategies For Maximizing Success

by John Kregel, Paul Wehman, & Grant Revell

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The number of individuals receiving benefits through Social Security disability programs (SSI and SSDI) has grown over the past decade. Unfortunately, once individuals become eligible for disability benefits, very few ever terminate Socials Security participation by returning to work. To address this problem, the Social Security Administration has developed several return to work initiatives, including an alternate provider program and a "return to work ticket proposal. The present manuscript addresses the important role local provider agencies will play in these return to work initiatives and to recommend specific incentives that will enable local provider agencies to assist SSI/SSDI recipients to obtain employment and exit the disability rolls.