TN 2 (03-22)

DI 55020.001 Employment Plans

A. Introduction - employment plans

The term “employment plan” refers to a written agreement between a ticketholder (who is a title II or XVI disability or blindness beneficiary/recipient (or a concurrent beneficiary) aged 18 through 64) and an SSA approved provider of employment services, vocational rehabilitation (VR) services or other support services, or a State VR agency. An employment plan describes the specific services that the approved provider will provide to the ticketholder to obtain an employment goal. An employment plan under the Ticket program may be called an Individual Work Plan (IWP) or an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The type of employment plan that a ticketholder signs depends upon the provider who develops the plan. Below you will find a description of each type of plan.

B. Policy - types of employment plans

1. Individual work plan

An (Individual Work Plan) IWP is an employment plan used by an Employment Network (EN) (see DI 55020.001A). An IWP describes the specific employment support services that an EN will provide in assisting a ticketholder to achieve an employment goal under the Ticket to Work program. Both the EN and the ticketholder must sign the IWP before a ticket can be considered assigned to an EN.

2. Individualized plan for employment

An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is an employment plan used by State VR agencies. The IPE is developed by an individual and a State VR agency after the State VR agency determines that the individual is eligible for VR services. The State VR agency will prepare a written IPE in accordance with the requirements of title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The State VR agency and the ticketholder must sign the IPE before a ticket can be considered assigned to the State VR agency.

C. Procedure

Questions about Employment Plans should be directed to the TPM (see DI 55005.001A.3.e.).


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DI 55020.001 - Employment Plans - 03/24/2022
Batch run: 03/24/2022