Social Security Administration Seeks Input on Improving Adult Economic Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities Receiving SSI

The Social Security Administration released a Request for Information (RFI) to elicit ideas, strategies, and best practices related to improving adult economic outcomes for youth aged 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Comments are due by February 2, 2018.

Youth receiving SSI confront challenges due to poor health, poverty, a lack of information to access the fragmented adult service system, and other barriers. Many youth face a lack of coordinated services, especially as they leave high school and their schools no longer provide youth support. SSA's redetermination of SSI eligibility at age 18 also generally results in 30-40 percent of youth losing SSI eligibility (and the accompanying automatic Medicaid access that most SSI recipients receive) because their condition does not meet the adult standard for disability.

The RFI includes 12 questions for respondents to consider when providing comments. 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 full RFI can be viewed and comments can be made directly through websiteA Federal Register notice is also available.  


Consumer and Family Discussion - 2018 Block Grant Site Visit

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is seeking individuals and family members of individuals who have received mental health and/or behavioral health services to participate in a Consumer and Family Discussion with a representative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) as a part of the 2018 Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Site Visit. 

The Consumer and Family Discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 10AM-12:30PM. 

Participants may attend in person at the OMHSAS Office in Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square (320 Market Street, Harrisburg) or via conference call.  SAMHSA requested that the individuals/family members in the Consumer and Family Group Discussion NOT be Planning Council Members.  However, OMHSAS welcomes referrals from Planning Council Members.    

A separate meeting is scheduled for the Mental Health Planning Council (MHPC) to provide feedback as a part of this site visit.  Planning Council members will receive a separate email from their MHPC committee co-chairs regarding the MHPC feedback session.

SAMHSA also requested that individuals/family members participating in this discussion represent a broad demographic. 

In order to ensure this, OMHSAS is including a demographic survey as a part of the request to participate form.  

Request to Participate Forms must be returned to Jill Stemple at no later than 5PM on Friday, February 15, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Stemple at 717-409-3790 or

Click here for the form.


Nomination Needed

Nomination Form for Outstanding Permanency Services to Children and Families in the Pennsylvania Child Welfare System.

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