Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income

PROMISE was a five-year research project that advanced employment and postsecondary education outcomes for 14–16 year old youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and ended September 1, 2019.

A mother crouching next to her daughter, who has some physical disabilities, 
                	sitting in a wheelchair

The NYS PROMISE project 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 were randomly placed in a control group and will continued receiving usual services, and ~1000 youth were 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 published study results and reports describing research findings and feedback.

The New York State PROMISE was 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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