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Webinar: Learning from the SSI Youth Field: Lessons from State PROMISE Projects
December 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Learning from the SSI Youth Field: Lessons from State PROMISE Projects
Friday, December 14, 2018 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration embarked on a national endeavor to improve the post-school living, learning and earning outcomes of youth with disabilities who receive SSI. The Department of Education awarded cooperative agreements worth $211 million to five States and one multi-state consortia to implement PROMISE—Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income.
The purpose of PROMISE is manifold: to provide states funding to test interventions that improve post-school outcomes for youth on SSI; evaluate findings to inform improved public policy and practice; and, translate knowledge regarding evidence-based practices and outcomes. This national demonstration is critical in that it attempts to mitigate the pathway of the child SSI program to the adult SSI program—through improving employment, educational and employment outlook. While each state took varied approaches to implementation, common elements were required for the intervention. This included: formal agency-level partnerships; case management; benefits counseling; career and work-based learning experiences; and, parent training and information. This webinar explores lessons learned from three states participating in PROMISE and implications for SVRAs as they plan to meet the needs of the SSI youth population.
As a result of attending this webinar, trainees will:
- Explore varied state approaches to implementing the required PROMISE services;
- Understand from varied state perspectives regarding the lessons learned in design, implementation continuous quality improvement, and evaluation of PROMISE;
Jessica Ellott is the Project Coordinator for NYS PROMISE at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. Jessica has experience working in both the employment and educational field and brings a unique perspective to the role. Jessica is also working on Governor Cuomo’s Employment First initiative, including training and technical assistance for the New York Employment services System (NYESS), the Work Incentives Navigator (WIN), and Ticket-to-Work.
Jade Ann Gingerich has over 20 years of experience in Maryland government most recently as Director of Employment Policy for the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Accomplishments include co leading Maryland’s earliest Employment First efforts, creation of the Employed Individuals with Disabilities program, Maryland’s Medicaid Buy In, leading the Maryland Medicaid Infrastructure grant and co-founding the Maryland’s Youth Leadership Forum.
Thomas Golden is the Executive Director of K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and on teaching faculty in the Disability Studies sequence in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Since joining faculty in 1991 his research, scholarship, publication, and teaching has focused on domestic and global disability policy; social insurance and return to work; adult transition planning for youth with disabilities; and organizational change as it relates to full community inclusion and membership.
Ellie Hartman is a Senior Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI), and as such she spends 100% of her time as the Project Manager for the Wisconsin Promise Grant for Wisconsin Promise’s lead agency, the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Ellie was also the evaluator for Wisconsin’s Let’s Get to Work Grant.
Andy Sink is Deputy Director of NYS PROMISE at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and has been involved in employment and rehabilitation services supporting New Yorkers facing various barriers since the early 2000s. Andy is also working on Governor Cuomo’s Employment First initiative, including training and technical assistance for the New York Employment services System (NYESS), the Work Incentives Navigator (WIN), and Ticket-to-Work.
This is the third webinar to Y-TAC’s “Improving the Employment Outcomes of Youth Who Receive Public Entitlements Through Benefits and Work Incentives Planning” webinar series.