Research Report Choices, Challenges, and Options
Child SSI Recipients Preparing for the Transition to Adult Life
Pamela J. Loprest, David Wittenburg
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This paper examines the transition experiences of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients just prior to and after age 18. We find that only a minority of pre-transition SSI recipients, ages 14 to 17, participated in training or rehabilitation activities and many had never heard of SSI work incentive provisions. Among post-transition young people ages 19 to 23, those off SSI are in better health and more likely to be working than those on SSI. However, many are struggling with incomes below poverty, about half have dropped out of school, and a third have been arrested.

Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth Social safety net Disability equity policy
Tags Disability and long-term care Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Economic well-being Disabilities and employment Hunger and food assistance
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center