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Federal grant money will assist some Wisconsin SSI recipients

Although many of our readers in Wisconsin and elsewhere are likely familiar to some degree with the Social Security Disability program, they may not be as familiar with another government program sometimes linked with SSD that offers some benefits to eligible persons.

That initiative is the Supplemental Security Income program, which we have discussed with a varying focus in past select posts (please see, for example, our blog entry dated April 8, 2014).

As we have noted, SSI benefits are sometimes available for disabled adults and children below a stated income threshold who are not eligible to receive SSD benefits owing to the lack of a required work history.

A Wisconsin official working with a program that seeks to help young recipients of SSI benefits notes that members of this group “often live a life of poverty” once they reach adulthood, owing to limited educational opportunities and training.

A federal grant that was recently awarded to Wisconsin seeks to address and better that outcome. The money funds a program called Wisconsin Promise, which will enroll about 1,000 young people currently receiving disability benefits.

It’s goal: to provide specialized assistance to both those minors and their families that will increase the potential for the youngsters to engage in career-enhancing opportunities and live fuller and more productive lives.

Promise Wisconsin’s mission plan is focused on helping disabled youngsters currently enrolled in the SSI programs go to school, receive counseling and ultimately find a job.

High hopes are understandably attached to the program.

An experienced Wisconsin disability attorney can provide information about the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs, as well as strong advocacy on behalf of any claimant.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "Promise program can make a difference," Bob Van Enkenvoort, May 18, 2014

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