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CaPROMISE - Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income

The Solano County Office of Education and the Vallejo City Unified School District (USD) are two of 21 agencies in California awarded the CaPROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) project with Vallejo City USD being the region lead. The PROMISE initiative is a federal research project designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child Supplemental Security Income (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.

Youth with disabilities who receive SSI face substantial barriers to economic independence in making the transition to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits. As a result, the education and employment outcomes for youth SSI recipients are frequently less favorable than those for their peers without disabilities, leading to greater dependence on pubic programs and poorer overall economic well-being as adults.

The goals of CaPROMISE are to improve the provision and coordination of services for child SSI recipients ages 14-16 and their families. The services help child recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. As a result, these child SSI recipients can achieve long-term reductions in reliance on SSI.

CaPROMISE enrollees will be randomly assigned to receive either PROMISE program services or the usual services. Outcomes for both groups will be monitored and compared for five years. Random assignment is the most rigorous way to assess the program impacts. Random selection ensures that differences in outcomes between the program and usual services groups are due to the program rather than other factors.

For additional information for Solano County Office of Education, please contact Susan Labrecque, Workforce Development Program Manager 707-399-4805

Workforce Development Program Manager
Susan Labrecque

Secretary /Program Analyst

Transition Specialist
Lorraine Villarreal

Career Service Specialist
Nick Lillard
Kim Mora