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  • Individual Author: Benton, Amanda; Dunton, Lauren; Khadduri, Jill; Walton, Douglas
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Bono, Michael
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    This report is intended to provide guidance to Los Angeles County's Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) in its efforts to boost the effectiveness of the advocacy services provided to permanently disabled General Relief (GR) recipients seeking to gain approval for the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The results reported in what follows are based on a sample of 24J66 GR recipients who applied for SSI over a 51-month period spanning from January 2008 through March 2012. Rigorous statistical methods were applied to this population to identify the types of GR recipients most and least likely to gain approval for SSI. One of the most critical findings reported here is the decidedly inverse relationship between the duration of GR tenure and the probability of gaining approval for SSI. As all three measures of GR tenure increase - i.e. the number of months on GR, the number of GR spells, and the length of the longest GR spell -the odds of gaining approval for SSI decline. This suggests additional steps should be considered to ensure recipients with serious and...

    This report is intended to provide guidance to Los Angeles County's Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) in its efforts to boost the effectiveness of the advocacy services provided to permanently disabled General Relief (GR) recipients seeking to gain approval for the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The results reported in what follows are based on a sample of 24J66 GR recipients who applied for SSI over a 51-month period spanning from January 2008 through March 2012. Rigorous statistical methods were applied to this population to identify the types of GR recipients most and least likely to gain approval for SSI. One of the most critical findings reported here is the decidedly inverse relationship between the duration of GR tenure and the probability of gaining approval for SSI. As all three measures of GR tenure increase - i.e. the number of months on GR, the number of GR spells, and the length of the longest GR spell -the odds of gaining approval for SSI decline. This suggests additional steps should be considered to ensure recipients with serious and permanent disabilities are routed to SSI advocacy services at GR intake. Homelessness also poses a barrier to SSI approval, particularly long episodes of homelessness. At the same time, applicants who were continuously disabled for the entire time they were on GR had better chances of gaining approval for SSI by comparison with those with intermittent disabilities. Three years after submission of their SSI applications, 71% of the recipients who were disabled continuously during their time on GR gained approval for SSI, versus 44.2% of those whose disabilities were episodic. By extension, recipients with no history of employment during their GR tenures were much more likely to gain approval for SSI than those who had any history of employment at all. In more general terms, this report shows that the SSI application process, from submission to the final decision, appears to be protracted. The median duration of time for this process is approximately 2.5 years, which includes those who were not approved within the 51-month study period. Slightly fewer than ten percent of the observed applicants were approved for SSI one year after submission of their applications; 35.2% were approved after two years; and 63.6% were approved after three years. (Author Introduction)

  • Individual Author: Sogar, Christina
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2014

    This presentation describes results of a study in which English-speaking, SSI-receiving parents in child-only TANF cases in Alameda and San Francisco counties were interviewed to determine their experiences receiving TANF, SSI, and other support sources; their health status and use of medical care; and their parenting practices and involvement with child protective services.

    This presentation was given at the 2014 National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop.

    This presentation describes results of a study in which English-speaking, SSI-receiving parents in child-only TANF cases in Alameda and San Francisco counties were interviewed to determine their experiences receiving TANF, SSI, and other support sources; their health status and use of medical care; and their parenting practices and involvement with child protective services.

    This presentation was given at the 2014 National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop.

  • Individual Author: Farrell, Mary; Baird, Peter; Barden, Bret; Fishman, Mike; Pardoe, Rachel
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    This report describes three pilot projects designed to improve some aspect of TANF services for clients with disabilities, including those who may apply for SSI. Pilots took place in Ramsey County, MN, Los Angeles County, CA, and Muskegon County, MI.

    • Ramsey County, Minnesota, developed a pilot program to increase employment among TANF recipients with work limitations and disabilities. It gathered into the same location mental health services, health care services, and employment services following the Integrated Placement and Support (IPS) model. The results offer promise that IPS, which has been shown to be effective among individuals with severe mental illness, might be adapted effectively for TANF recipients with disabilities.
    • Los Angeles County, California, aimed to improve the quality of SSI applications submitted by TANF recipients in order to increase the approval rate at the initial level. Local Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) staff members provided training to the county’s SSI advocates, gave feedback...

    This report describes three pilot projects designed to improve some aspect of TANF services for clients with disabilities, including those who may apply for SSI. Pilots took place in Ramsey County, MN, Los Angeles County, CA, and Muskegon County, MI.

    • Ramsey County, Minnesota, developed a pilot program to increase employment among TANF recipients with work limitations and disabilities. It gathered into the same location mental health services, health care services, and employment services following the Integrated Placement and Support (IPS) model. The results offer promise that IPS, which has been shown to be effective among individuals with severe mental illness, might be adapted effectively for TANF recipients with disabilities.
    • Los Angeles County, California, aimed to improve the quality of SSI applications submitted by TANF recipients in order to increase the approval rate at the initial level. Local Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) staff members provided training to the county’s SSI advocates, gave feedback on the completeness and quality of submitted SSI applications, and established local liaisons.  The pilot project improved coordination among agencies, though the percentage of SSI applications awarded benefits at the initial level remained about the same.
    • Muskegon County, Michigan, developed an intervention designed to better identify TANF recipients with disabilities and to improve the employment services offered to TANF clients deemed to have disabilities but to be able to work. The program’s staff used materials drawn from the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program to develop medical and case evidence. Staff members were trained to use motivational interviewing techniques to reduce participants’ barriers to work participation.

    (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Farrell, Mary
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    This brief provides an overall summary of the lessons learned from the TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project. It brings together material spread across other documents in a concise format, and it also offers new insights from state-level data analyses that largely back up the conclusions drawn from federal data. (author abstract) 

    This brief provides an overall summary of the lessons learned from the TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project. It brings together material spread across other documents in a concise format, and it also offers new insights from state-level data analyses that largely back up the conclusions drawn from federal data. (author abstract) 

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