Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income


Save the Date: April 24, 2019!
Live Webcast: Improving the Trajectories for Youth With Disabilities and Families Living in Poverty

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Social Security Administration, funded six model demonstration projects to improve the education and career outcomes of low income children with disabilities receiving SSI and their families. Findings from the implementation of these projects will be presented in this session. Topics include:

  • Accomplishments and Challenges in the Context of Disability and Poverty
  • Systemic and Local Coordination and Collaboration of Services across Agencies
  • Federal, State and Local Implications for Youth Receiving SSI and their Families
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 1:45–4:00PM
Live Webcast (register)

Contact: Corinne Weidenthal.

FY 2014 Notice Inviting Applications for Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE), Technical Assistance Center (CFDA No. 84.418T).

  • FY 2014 application package:
    MS WORD (633KB) | PDF (546KB)
    • Application Abstract Template:
      MS WORD (91KB) | PDF (522KB)

  • Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications (April 21, 2014) | PDF (226KB)

  • Applications Available: April 21, 2014.
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 5, 2014.
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 4, 2014.

Contact: Corinne Weidenthal

Department Awards $211 Million for the Promoting the Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Initiative.
The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of more than $211 million in five-year grants to five states and a consortium of six states to establish and operate model demonstration projects designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and their families. More information is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants
This FAQ provides an explanation of various provisions included in the PROMISE notice inviting applications (NIA) to assist potential applicants in designing their proposed projects.
MS WORD (351KB) | PDF (248KB)

SSA to Release Solicitation to Conduct Evaluation of PROMISE
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will release a solicitation for a contractor to conduct an evaluation of the PROMISE project. Details regarding the pre-solicitation notice can be found here.

Workforce Investment Act Waiver Authority: Increased Flexibility and Improved Programmatic Outcomes
The general statutory and regulatory waiver authority granted to the Secretary of Labor is a continuing authority granted by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) at section 189(i)(4), Public Law 105-220, and provides increased flexibility to states and local areas in implementing reforms to the workforce development system in exchange for state and local accountability for results, including improved programmatic outcomes.

The Red Book—A Guide to Work Incentives
The Red Book, published by the U.S. Social Security Administration, serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals and counselors who serve people with disabilities.



Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) is a joint initiative of the:

Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Social Security Administration

PROMISE was created to foster improved health, education, and post-secondary outcomes for children ages 14-16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as their families. The primary focus of the initiative is to support improved coordination of various services, such as those available through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program, Medicaid health and home and community based services, Job Corps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Investment Act programs. PROMISE also seeks to facilitate the increased use of such services, ensuring that families are tied into programs for which they might be eligible, but are not yet participating.

A small number of competitive, multi-year grants will be awarded to states. Applications for these grants will be submitted by governors and will identify a lead agency that is tasked with managing the program.

The underlying premise of PROMISE is that improved coordination between services can improve outcomes for youth on SSI and their families. PROMISE's goals include 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 key elements of PROMISE include:

  • Services focused on both youth and families rather than only focusing on youth.

  • Waivers, if possible and if needed.

  • A rigorous evaluation that SSA will lead, with input from ED.

  • Pay-for-success payments, if the right conditions exist.

PROMISE Program (CFDA 84.418) Page.

Go to the ED's PROMISE program site page for more information on grants, funding and contacts.

In planning for the PROMISE grants, information will be gathered from a variety of sources and stakeholders.

 Previous PROMISE Stakeholders Input Sessions
PROMISE Public Webinar #4
Associated Presentation:
PPT (701KB) | PDF (220KB)
March 5, 2013
PROMISE Public Webinar #3
Associated Presentation:
PPT (701KB) | PDF (220KB)
Feb. 28, 2013
PROMISE Public Webinar #2
Associated Presentation:
PPT (701KB) | PDF (220KB)
Feb. 27, 2013
PROMISE Public Webinar #1
Associated Presentation:
PPT (701KB) | PDF (220KB)
Feb. 21, 2013
Advocacy Groups.
Meeting Notes:
Word (55KB) | PDF (191KB)
November 2012
Philanthropic Foundations.
Meeting Notes:
Word (57KB) | PDF (233KB)
June 2012
Research experts, service providers, advocacy groups, community organizations, technical assistance providers at the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services' National Transition Conference.
Meeting Notes:
Word (52KB) | PDF (322KB)
May 2012
Technical assistance providers, service providers, community organizations at the 2012 Annual Capacity Building Institute.
Meeting Notes:
Word (60KB) | PDF (281KB)
May 2012
Research experts on youth with disabilities.
Meeting Notes
March 2012
Notes from these meetings will be made public and posted on this Web site as they become available.



2013 2012

 Fiscal Year 2013  
U.S. Department of Education Special Education Budget Request.
(PROMISE information starts on Page I-107)
PDF (986KB)
U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research Budget Request.
(Key PROMISE information is on Page J-22)
PDF (897KB)
Senate Report 112-176, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill, 2013
(PROMISE and Pay for Success Excerpts)
PDF (68KB)
Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income Program Budget Request
(PROMISE information starts on Page 78).
PDF (902KB)

 Fiscal Year 2012  
U.S. Department of Education Special Education Budget Request.
(PROMISE information starts on Page I-107) ED provides a more detailed description of PROMISE and of its role in helping states establish, through demonstration grants, more comprehensive and coordinated systems of delivering social services to children receiving SSI and their families.
PDF (1.6MB)
Senate Report 112-084, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill.
(PROMISE excerpt.)
PDF (15KB)
Special Education Provisions of the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act. PDF (11KB)
Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income Program Budget Request.
(PROMISE information starts on Page 60) SSA provides detail on its involvement in PROMISE, focusing specifically on incentive payments and program evaluation.
PDF (655KB)



PROMISE Technical Assistance Center

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities' (AUCD) PROMISE Technical Assistance Center provides assistance to the six model demonstration projects (MDPs), provide information about interventions and supports for SSI eligible youth and their families, and links the MDPs in order to create the best possible outcomes for youth and their families. 

SSI Child Population Data Sources

The following Web sites contain data that may help potential PROMISE participants gauge the number of child SSI recipients living in their states and counties.

  • State and County Counts of SSI Children Ages 10 Through 17, December 2012
    Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record:
     Excel (872KB) (released March 2013)

  • Children Under Age 18
    SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2011. (released September 2012)

  • SSI Recipients by State and County
    (released July 2012)

PROMISE Public Input Notice (PIN), Now Closed.
The PROMISE Public Input Notice (PIN) is now closed. It was made available February 15 until 5:00 PM EDT March 17, 2013, for public input on key program areas.

PIN Cover Memo: Word (37KB) | PDF (158KB)

PROMISE PIN: Word (252KB) | PDF (387KB)

Sources for Evidence-based Research

The following Web sites may provide helpful information on evidence-based research related to potential PROMISE activities:

PROMISE and Philanthropic Foundations Meetings, June 2012.

Panelists included representatives from The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, The HSC Foundation, The Kennedy Center, The Disability Funders Network, The Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program and The Kessler Foundation.

  • Meeting Notes:
    Word (57KB) | PDF (233KB)

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy Grant Opportunity: National Technical Assistance and Demonstration Center on Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Employment.

The center will build capacity within and across youth service delivery systems to improve employment and postsecondary education outcomes for youth with disabilities. More information is available here.

Medicaid Infrastructure Grantees (MIG) Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment, Lessons Learned Presentation, April 2012.

Input on PROMISE related issues was solicited from MIG grantees. Topics such as work incentives, family participation and key stakeholders were addressed.

Pay for Success Fact Sheet

This document provides an overview of the Pay for Success concept. Pay for Success is an innovative way of partnering with philanthropic and private sector investors to create incentives for service providers to deliver better outcomes at lower cost—producing the highest return on taxpayer investments.

  • Fact Sheet:
    Word (47KB) | PDF (202KB)

March 2012 Stakeholder Input Session with Research Experts on Youth with Disabilities

This meeting was convened to gather information on promising practices and research initiatives that are emerging from the field. Topics included targeted populations, family interventions, intermediate outcomes, and statutory and regulatory barriers.

  • Meeting Notes:
    Word (105KB) | PDF (259KB)

PROMISE Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Report

This report provides details on the recommendations of a technical advisory panel assembled in December 2011 by SSA to address the incentive payment and evaluation issues related to PROMISE.

  • Report:
    PDF (442KB)

  • Appendices:
    PDF (507KB)


Last Modified: 03/25/2019