Social Security disability benefits can support you during unprecedented times, but what if you decide you want to return to the workforce? Does this mean your benefits will end?
The Social Security Disability Administration provides programs that support you in your quest to return to work. The incentives they provide might enable you to continue collecting benefits, at least temporarily, while you adjust to starting work again.
Knowing when to return
Determining when you should go back to work will require the input of your medical team. Your doctors can assess your condition and help you decide at what point your recovery will allow a reasonable and safe return. Prior to looking for work, you should inform the SSA of your decision. Starting to work without notifying the SSA could result in costly repercussions and immediate termination of your benefits.
Managing your benefits
Communicating readily with the SSA will help you prepare for what will happen to your benefits. According to the SSA, resources such as the Ticket to Work program might enable you to continue collecting benefits and draw upon additional assistance including the following:
- Job referrals to roles you qualify for
- Free vocational rehabilitation
- Skills training
- Miscellaneous employment support
When you find a job and reach a point where you make a gainful income, the SSA may terminate your benefits. However, they will always notify you of their decision, and you will always have the right to reapply if you reach a point where you can no longer reasonably work again.