New Program To Aid Children Receiving SSI Benefits

The U.S. Social Security Administration administers a special program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program provides monthly benefits to those with limited income who are disabled, blind, or 65 years or over.  Many children who have a long-lasting medically determined physical or mental impairment that results in severe functional limitations receive SSI.

New program seeks bright future for children receiving SSI benefits

In an attempt to provide disabled children with an independent future, the federal government is giving states such as Arkansas a share of $200 million earmarked to help them. The funds are distributed through the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) initiative, which ultimately seeks to reduce the number of SSI-dependent children who continue to rely on government benefits into adulthood.

A combined effort of various federal agencies and the Social Security Administration (SSA), the initiative will help eligible children by providing funds to facilitate graduation from high school, college, and professional training programs. Ultimately, organizers hope children who participate in the initiative will find employment and enjoy self-sufficiency.

Arkansas program will compare results

Institutions in Arkansas will receive $32 million through the program, where it will be implemented through a five-year grant. Two thousand adolescents, ages 14 to 16, will participate. Half  of the participants will receive benefits counseling and job coaching. As the control group, the other half will receive no intervention apart from conventional SSI benefits.

Fighting for benefits

In certain situations, the SSA may attempt to deny benefits by maintaining that applicants are not qualified for them. In these situations, a skilled disability lawyer can help prove eligibility and entitlement to benefits. This is a major hurdle that may affect an individual’s prospects for the rest of his or her life.

Pursuing SSI claims requires legal representation from those who know the regulations and will passionately fight for your rights.