Demonstration Projects Update

SSA conducts numerous research and demonstration projects to study ways to improve services to our current and future beneficiaries. These projects can lead to ways to better serve persons with disabilities, as well as potentially changing program rules to allow for better coordination among other federal and state programs.

Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)

BOND tests a $1 reduction in benefits for every $2 in earnings over substantial gainful activity (SGA) levels, in combination with benefits counseling, with the goal of helping beneficiaries with disabilities return-to-work. The demonstration allows beneficiaries to face this gradual reduction in their benefits, eliminating the abrupt loss of cash benefits. BOND services to participants began in 2011. A final report is due in 2017.

Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE)

The Department of Education awarded grants to five States (Arkansas, California, Maryland, New York, and Wisconsin) and one consortium of States (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah) to provide services that will improve outcomes for children who receive SSI. The services are designed to facilitate positive changes in health status, physical and emotional development, education and training, and employment. Project services to enrolled youth started in April 2014. SSA has been tasked to evaluate the programs, whose services will continue through late 2018. All PROMISE projects provide vocational rehabilitation or employment services and all PROMISE participants in the treatment groups may qualify for protection under Section 301.

Current Events

To keep up with the latest developments and get information about local contacts, visit our Internet website at: www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch. This site provides information on major activities such as our demonstration projects work incentive policies, and other relevant resources. You can also sign up to get e-mail notices when we post updates.