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DISABILITY PROGRAM NAVIGATOR TRAINING. The SSA Perspective on the Role of the Navigator November 3, 2003.

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disability program navigator training
DISABILITY PROGRAM NAVIGATOR TRAINING

The SSA Perspective on the Role of the Navigator

November 3, 2003

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SSA Administers Two Programs Paying Benefits to People with Disabilities1. Social Security Disability Insurance –SSDI (Title II)2. Supplemental Security Income Program –SSI (Title XVI)

ssdi eligibility
SSDI Eligibility
  • Covered workers--up to age 65
  • Who have a medical condition that will last for at least one year or will result in death
  • Who cannot do the work they previously did, and
  • Who cannot do any other work that exists in the National economy (considering age, education, exp.)
ssi disability eligibility
SSI Disability Eligibility
  • Needs-based program
  • Same disability definition as SSDI
  • Income and resources must be below specified limits
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Characteristics

of

Disability

Beneficiaries

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries Under Age 60*

Disabled Workers and Adult SSI by Age Groups

*as of July 2002

1,989,000

1,315,000

703,000

678,000

532,000

570,000

480,000

136,000

AGE

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Disability Beneficiary Population

Data as of December 2001

DI*

SSI*

BLIND AND DISABLED

CHILDREN

ADULT

CHILDREN

WIDOW(ER)S

BLIND

ADULTS

*Beneficiaries with concurrent entitlements are in both groups.

DISABLED

ADULTS

WORKERS

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries

Disabled Workers and Adult SSI

SSI Only

DI & DI/SSI

MEN WOMEN

MEN WOMEN

56%

44%

41%

59%

Avg. Ben. $405

Average Monthly Benefit

Women $688

$531

Federal

benefit rate

Men $913

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries Under Age 60

Disabled Workers and Adult SSI

26+

3.7%

21 - 25

4.0%

Time on the Rolls

DI & SSI

DI/SSI Only

16 - 20

8.5%

Years

0-5 39% 29%

6-10 30% 29%

11-15 17% 21%

16-20 7% 10%

21-25 3% 5%

26+ 3% 5%

0 - 5

35.6%

11 - 15

18.7%

6 - 10

29.5%

DI & SSI Combined

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries Under Age 60*

Primary Impairment Data

  • 48% of beneficiaries have a mental disability
    • 40% of DI & DI/SSI
    • 60% of SSI Only
  • Groupings for the most common impairments vary by age and program

*as of July 2002

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries Under Age 60

Top 7 Primary Impairments

56%

of Beneficiaries

Affective Disorders

Mental Retardation

Schizo-phrenia

Organic Mental

Osteo

arthritis

Back

Anxiety

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries Under Age 60

Summary Profiles

DI & DI/SSI

50% are 50-59

More men (56 %)

Most 12 yrs or more

66% above marginal

18% have earnings

39% on 5 yrs or less

Age

Gender

Education

Prior earnings

Current earnings

Time on rolls

Impairments

Mental - 40%

Musculoskeletal >15%

Heart & circulatory >4%

-- Most frequent

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Adult Disability Beneficiaries Under Age 60

Summary Profiles

SSI Only

71% under 50

More women (59%)

Most less than 12 yrs

99% marginal

17% have earnings

29% on 5 yrs or less

Age

Gender

Education

Prior earnings

Current earnings

Time on rolls

Impairment

Mental - 60%

Musculoskeletal > 6%

-- Most frequent

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SSDI & SSI Beneficiaries

In States with Navigators

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SSA Return to Work Efforts

Historical rate of return-to-work success is ½ of 1% of the disabled beneficiary population

ticket to work and self sufficiency program
Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program
  • Created by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999
  • Offers more choices to people in getting the services they need to go to work and move toward greater self-sufficiency
  • Services are provided by Employment Networks (ENs), private organizations and government agencies, at no cost to the individual
  • Program savings realized from benefit cessation covers the cost of the process (payments to ENs)
new freedom initiative
New Freedom Initiative
  • Announced by President Bush on Feb.1, 2001
  • A comprehensive program to promote the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of society.
new freedom initiative continued
New Freedom Initiative (continued)
  • Requires Federal agencies to collaborate in ways not previously done to make their programs more effective
  • The joint DOL-SSA Navigator effort has been undertaken in the spirit of the New Freedom Initiative
new freedom initiative ssa demonstration projects
New Freedom InitiativeSSA Demonstration Projects
  • The Ticket Program works and is working for many beneficiaries
  • Some people need additional supports
  • SSA is conducting a series of Demonstration Project to help determine what else is needed to increase RTW and improve self-sufficiency for people with disabilities
ssa demonstration projects
SSA Demonstration Projects
  • Early Intervention Demonstration Project
  • Youth Transition Process Demonstration
  • Benefit Offset Process Demonstration
  • Mental Health Treatment Study
barriers to employment for people with disabilities
Barriers to Employment for People with Disabilities
  • Lack of Medical assistance
  • Lack of knowledge about programs, services and supports
  • Housing needs
  • Transportation needs
  • Child care needs
  • Lack of skills
  • Employer attitudes
keys to employment for people with disabilities
Keys to Employment for People with Disabilities
  • Medical benefits
  • Skills development
  • Housing and transportation supports
  • Child care
  • Assistive technologies and accommodation
  • Employer awareness