Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income

PROMISE is a five-year research project that advances employment and postsecondary education outcomes for 14–16 year old youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.

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                	sitting in a wheelchair

The NYS PROMISE project has enrolled 2090 youth with disabilities who receive SSI and live in Western New York State, the Capital region, or the New York City areas. Enrollment ended March 11, 2016.

Of the 2090 enrolled youth, ~1000 youth have been randomly placed in a control group and will continue receiving usual services, and ~1000 youth have been randomly selected to receive additional coordinated services and supports to:

  • develop strong and effective partnerships with agencies that provide key services to youth who receive SSI and their families;
  • implement effective practices at local demonstration sites, targeted to the needs of young SSI recipients and their families;
  • evaluate interventions via rigorous project design and data collection procedures

The NYS PROMISE project will publish study results and reports describing research findings and feedback.

The New York State PROMISE is one of six PROMISE awards granted nationwide by the US. Department of Education in October 2013. The PROMISE intervention model was jointly developed by the US Department of Education (USDOE), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The state research demonstration will be coordinated by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the contract administered by the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, and research and capacity building activities conducted by Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability.

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