One-Stop services and employment outcomes of Social Security disability beneficiaries in four states that implemented the Disability Program Navigator have been assessed for program effectiveness.

"The purpose of this study is to assess the extent to which working-age Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries in four states that implemented Disability Program Navigation (DPN) initiatives utilized One–Stop services, the employment outcomes of these users, and whether utilization and outcomes differed over time as the DPN initiative gained maturity. The study used 2002–2007 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Wagner-Peyser (W-P) program data from four states (Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon).

These data were matched to administrative records from the SSI and SSDI programs. As the WIA and W-P programs do not routinely collect and report information about the SSI and SSDI status of service users, the match to the SSA administrative data allowed us to identify working-age SSI/SSDI beneficiaries using these One–Stop services and to capture selected SSI/SSDI program-related characteristics of those users" (p.xi). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: Use of One–Stops by Social Security Disability Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator Initiative

Major Findings & Recommendations

• "Only a small percentage of One–Stop users were current or former SSA beneficiaries" (p.xi). • "Although small in number relative to all One–Stop users, SSA beneficiaries using One–Stop services were large in number and represented a large share of the beneficiaries in each state who were actively pursuing employment" (p.xii). • "The percentage of SSA beneficiary One–Stop users who disclosed their disabilities increased markedly over time" (p.xii). • "One–Stop users who were SSA beneficiaries differed from nonbeneficiary users in many respects" (p.xiii). • "The SSA beneficiaries who used One–Stop services became employed and achieved rather exceptional employment outcomes relative to SSA beneficiaries" (p.xiii). (Abstractor: Author)