TN 1 (05-02)
DI 28087.001 Referral of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients to VR Agencies
It is the policy of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to promptly assess each claimant's potential for rehabilitation into productive activity. The following general guide are established to meet this objective in states where the Ticket to Work program is not implemented:
During the initial SSA field office (FO) interview, each applicant (with certain exceptions) will be given information not only about benefits for which he or she may be eligible under the title II/title XVI provisions but also about rehabilitation services which may be available and about their rights and responsibilities under the law.
All applicants whose disability/blindness claims are adjudicated in the State Disability Determination Services (DDS) will be screened for possible referral to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.
All relevant data in the applicant's disability or blindness file and the State VR agency's records are available for both the disability determination and the vocational rehabilitation process. (See DI 28030.020G. for development of evidence in a continuing disability investigation where the individual is known to the State VR agency.)