5.13.2 Definitions


A provider of job placement and/or supported employment services under contract with DARS in accordance with these standards, and who is also under contract with the Social Security Administration (SSA) as an Employment Network.

EN Employment Advancement Payments

Payments to those DARS CRPs who are also under contract with the SSA as an Employment Network and who partner with DARS in an effort to ensure that VR consumers participating in the SSA's Ticket to Work Program receive job retention services and other types of services that advance employment or increase earnings after the consumer's VR case is closed.

Employment Networks (ENs)

Public or private entities that enter into an agreement with the Social Security Administration to provide employment, vocational, or other support services and help Ticket holders (consumers) obtain and maintain employment.


A private organization that contracts with the SSA to help manage the Ticket to Work Program.

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

A level of consumer work activity and earnings defined by the SSA that includes the following concepts:

Substantial Work

Doing significant physical or mental activities, or a combination of both (full- or part-time).

Gainful Work

Work performed for pay or profit.

SGA is increased every January 1. Go to http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/sga.html to view the current amount.

105 percent of SGA

Amount calculated by identifying the SGA from the link above and then multiplying that amount by 1.05.

Tier Level (1 or 2)

A payment level assigned by a DARS counselor to a consumer receiving job placement or supported employment services and that is used as a basis for determining the amount of an EN Employment Advancement Payment.


A paper document that is SSA's agreement to pay an EN the agreed-upon payments under the Ticket to Work Program.