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Linking Youth Transition Support Services: Results from Two Demonstration Projects

Authors: Christa Bucks Camacho & Jeffrey Hemmete


The Social Security Administration (SSA) designed the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) projects partly to link the fragmented support system currently in place. More broadly, YTD projects addressed low expectations about employment and self-sufficiency from the individual, his or her family, and society. Ten YTD projects operated in eight states. This article examines two of them: California's Bridges to Youth Self-Sufficiency (Bridges) and Mississippi's Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI).

Here is an excerpt from the abstract:

"Many youths with disabilities, especially those receiving or potentially eligible for Social Security benefits, need assistance as they transition into adulthood. Upon completing secondary school, they face an abrupt end to provider-initiated public entitlement services. They often lack the knowledge and support to access and link fragmented adult support services. This article presents an overview of two projects in the Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration: California's Bridges to Youth Self-Sufficiency and Mississippi's Model Youth Transition Innovation. We report key outcomes and highlight the experience of one youth in each project who successfully completed the program."

-Description and excerpt taken directly from the article viewed online on 11/10/13 (www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v73n1/v73n1p59.html)

Contact Info:
Organization:Social Security Administration
Address:Office of Public Inquiries, Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
Phone:1-800-772-1213; 1-800-325-0778 (TTY)
Cost:No cost

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