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Citation:  Schlegelmilch, A.; Roskowski, M.; Anderson, C.; Hartman, E.; & Decker-Maurer, H. (2019). The impact of work incentives benefits counseling on employment outcomes of transition-age youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 51 (2), 127-136.
Title:  The impact of work incentives benefits counseling on employment outcomes of transition-age youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
Authors:  Schlegelmilch, A.; Roskowski, M.; Anderson, C.; Hartman, E.; & Decker-Maurer, H.
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-191032
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Work incentive benefits counseling has been shown to be a promising practice in vocational rehabilitation and has had a demonstrated impact on positive employment outcomes for adults with disabilities (Wilhelm & McCormick 2013).
Purpose:  In this study, the Wisconsin Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) demonstration project implemented a new model of work incentive benefits counseling targeting transition-age youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits including their families.
Data collection and analysis:  PROMISE youth and families received work incentive benefits counseling through a consultative approach and impact on employment outcomes were assessed.
Findings:  Preliminary results indicate that youth who received work incentives benefits counseling (N?=?535) had significantly higher work activity and explored a greater number of job opportunities, than youth who did not receive benefits counseling (N?=?476). Additionally, 81% of PROMISE treatment youth with earnings above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level had met with a benefits specialist at least once.
Conclusions:  This study contributes to the growing evidence demonstrating that work incentives benefits counseling positively influences employment and earnings outcomes for low-income transition-age youth with disabilities. Youth and families preferred the consultation approach, providing information as needed and meeting families where they were at.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Interventions:  Benefits counseling
Vocational rehabilitation
Transition services