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Supplemental Security Income and Age 18 Redetermination

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The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act requires that all youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) go through a redetermination process for their benefit eligibility at age 18. This process has significant implications for individuals with disabilities transitioning out of high school and their families. This fact sheet provides information on the potential impact of the redetermination process, how the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility for this age group, and how best to prepare students and families to successfully navigate this process.