TN 1 (07-08)
DI 14505.005 Introduction to Section 301 Payments to Individuals Participating in a Vocational Rehabilitation or Similar Program
Sections 225(b) and 1631(a)(6) of the Social Security Act, as amended;
20 CFR 404.316(c), 404.327, 404.328, 404.337(c), 404.352(d), 404.902(s), 404.1586(g), 404.1596(c)(2), 404.1597(a), 416.1320(d), 416.1331(a) and 416.1331(b), 416.1338, and 416.1402(j) (as amended regulations effective July 25, 2005).
Sections 225(b) and 1631(a)(6) of the Social Security Act, as amended, provide for continued payment of title II and title XVI disability or blindness benefits to individuals whose disability or blindness ends for medical reasons while they are participating in the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program (Ticket to Work program) or another program of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services, employment services, or other support services approved by us, if we determine that completion or continuation of the program will increase the likelihood of the individual’s permanent removal from the disability or blindness benefit rolls.
This provision is commonly referred to as Section 301 because the initial legislative authority for continued payment of benefits to individuals in a VR program was provided in Section 301 of the Social Security Disability Amendments of 1980.
The title XVI provision for Section 301 payments also applies to an individual age 18 or older whose disability is determined to have ended as a result of a title XVI age-18 redetermination. (See DI 60060.030 for specific instructions that apply to participants in the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) projects.)
The guides and procedures in this chapter reflect the amended regulations that became effective July 25, 2005 to reflect changes to sections 225(b) and 1631(a)(6) of the Act and to make certain other changes in our rules regarding eligibility for continuation of benefit payments under these sections. The amended regulations established the term “an appropriate program of vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, or other support services” to refer to the program in which an individual must be participating in order to be eligible for continuation of benefit payments under section 225(b) or 1631(a)(6) of the Act.
We use the term “VR or similar program” within this chapter to refer to a program of vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, or other support services.