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Federal initiative aimed at children who receive SSI

One type of disability benefit are Supplemental Security Income benefits. SSI benefits are need-based disability benefits. Thus, income level and total assets are a couple of the things that are looked at when determining eligibility for SSI.

One thing that it is worth noting when it comes to SSI benefits is that adults are not the only ones who can qualify for such benefits. Disabled children can also qualify for SSI benefits. SSI benefits can be of great help to a disabled child and their family.

One concern that has come up in recent times regarding children who receive SSI benefits is a concern that there might not be enough support programs available for such children to help them develop skills that could allow them to one day enter the workforce.

A federal initiative is underway that is aimed at addressing this concern. The program is called the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income initiative. In short form, it is referred to as the PROMISE initiative.

Under the initiative, the federal government is giving 11 states grant money to put programs into place that are aimed at helping children who are SSI recipients when it comes to education and the development of work skills. In total, the 11 states are receiving upwards of $211 million in grant money under the initiative. Minnesota is not among the states involved in this initiative, but three of our neighbors (Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota) are. The initiative is planned to go for five years. One wonders if the initiative will yield favorable results. One also wonders if it will lead to initiatives that will include more states.

What do you think of the PROMISE initiative?

Source: Disability Scoop, "States Get Millions To Wean Kids Off SSI," Shaun Heasley, Oct. 8, 2013

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