MD Transitioning Youth with Disabilities provided enhanced and coordinated services and supports to Maryland youth between the ages 14 -16 who received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Such services and supports included:
All services and supports were customized to the individual youth and services provided by Maryland PROMISE were also extended to family members.
The primary goal of the state initiative was to assist youth recipients achieve better post-school outcomes, including graduating from high school readiness 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 was that improved coordination between services can improve outcomes for youth on SSI and their families. Maryland PROMISE’s goals included 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 was 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 was made between the group receiving enhanced PROMISE services and those who received the typical services within their communities. The U.S. Department of Education and its federal PROMISE partners intended 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 was 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 was a partnership between the Maryland Department of Disabilities, TransCen, Inc., and Way Station, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The CTCI does not provide direct services to youth with disabilities or their families, but individuals can use the website to learn more about best practices.
The Center for Transition and Career Innovation (CTCI) was created to serve as a resource for state and location administrators, researchers, practitioners, educators and families by building partnerships, conducting research, delivering training, and disseminating products in order to improve academic and career outcomes of students and youth with disabilities.