SSA today has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on strategies for improving the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving SSI. The input SSA receives will inform its deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients.
The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014 has affected many of SSA's partners in this area. WIOA included significant requirements for serving youth. In particular, WIOA expanded the services that State VR agencies provide youth and the eligibility requirements for services. Additionally, State VR agencies must spend at least 15 percent of their Federal VR funds on pre-employment transition services for youths with disabilities transitioning from school to post-secondary education or employment. The required services include job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, post-secondary educational opportunity counseling, workplace readiness training, and self-advocacy instruction. Additionally, at least 75 percent of WIOA youth funding to State workforce agencies, which oversee state employment and workforce programs such as unemployment insurance, must be spent on out-of-school youth.
Responses must be received by February 2, 2018.