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Ticket to Work and Mental Health

  From Ticket to Work Wednesday, June 23, 2021 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET   Join us on June 23 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Looking for a job can sometimes be stressful, but work can have a positive effect on your mental health. During this month’s Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, learn how Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program and Ticket Program service providers can help. Register now Online: By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1- 866-833-2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Questions?  Contact us .
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