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About Us

Maryland PROMISE provides enhanced and coordinated services and supports to Maryland youth between the ages 14 -16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Such services and supports include:

  • Transition planning
  • Financial planning and benefits management
  • Employment and post-secondary education preparation activities
  • Social and health linkages (for example, self-advocacy, youth development activities, health and wellness information)

All services and supports are customized to the individual youth and services provided by Maryland PROMISE also extend to family members.

The primary goal of the state initiative is to assist youth recipients achieve better post-school outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing post-secondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. The underlying premise of Maryland PROMISE is that improved coordination between services can improve outcomes for youth on SSI and their families. Maryland PROMISE’s goals include improving the life outcomes of youth on SSI and decreasing their reliance on the program, as well as reducing the federal government’s cost.

The state of Maryland is one of six grantees to receive 5–year funding from the U.S. Department of Education to develop, implement, and evaluate a service model that promotes positive outcomes for children who receive SSI. The study, called MD PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) recruited 2,000 eligible youth and families to participate in the study. Half of those youth enrolled receive services to help them achieve better outcomes. A comparison will be made between the group receiving enhanced PROMISE services and those who receive the typical services within their communities. The U.S. Department of Education and its federal PROMISE partners intend to use the findings and results from Maryland and the other grantees to inform public policy and to build an evidence base for improving post-secondary education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families.

PROMISE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Within the State of Maryland, MD PROMISE is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Disabilities, TransCen, Inc., and Way Station, Inc.


Maryland PROMISE is pleased to collaborate with many partners.

Learn More about Our Partners


Maryland Department of Disabilities Logo with the Maryland flag.

Responsible for overall project management, information and data management, and fiscal management.

The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD)  is a state agency that works to address barriers for people with disabilities in education, employment, housing, health and behavioral health and transportation. MDOD is charged with unifying and improving the delivery of services to people with disabilities by working collaboratively with all state government agencies.

Transcen burgundy and blacklogo. Career and workforce development.

Responsible for providing training, technical assistance, and monitoring how accurately the program is implemented (fidelity monitoring).

TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Its mission is to establish a collaborative relationship among government, education, private agencies, advocacy groups and employers to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of model efforts that increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

blue and black way station logo. Part of the sheppard pratt health system

Responsible for providing lead case managers and family employment specialists.

Way Station, Inc. is a non-profit behavioral health organization that provides a broad range of services in a variety of settings to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families. It is dedicated to providing compassionate and quality behavioral health care, housing and employment services to adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance addictions; children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges; and veterans with service needs.

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Program sponsor and funder.

PROMISE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

The DOE awarded cooperative agreements to states to implement the PROMISE initiative. The DOE’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Full Circle red and yellow circle logo. Employment solutions.

Responsible for benefits counseling and management to youth and families.

Full Circle Employment Solutions   is a community program dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities become financially independent through employment opportunities. It strives to reduce barriers to employment through employment and benefits counseling.

green square logo. Maryland CASH campaign. Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope.

Responsible for delivering financial education classes and financial coaching (one-to-one assistance to pursue personal financial goals) to youth and families.

The Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign™   is a state-wide network of organizations that promote financial stability for working families. Its coalition includes Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partners that provide free tax preparation services, promote access to high-quality financial services, and offer financial education and coaching.