SSA's Rehabilitation Programs

HEHS-95-253R: Published: Sep 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 1995.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Research Demonstration Program (RDP) and Project Network (PN). GAO noted that: (1) SSA intended for RDP to cover a broad array of populations, use a wide range of methodologies, and test a variety of interventions in order to educate the agency about rehabilitation and employment techniques, as well as educate private providers about SSA beneficiaries and their particular needs; (2) RDP involves a total of 116 RDP grants at a cost of about $30 million, forty-six of which include waivers that permit direct referral of Social Security beneficiaries to vocational rehabilitation sources other than the state agencies; (3) SSA tested four case management models in which SSA field office staff provide rehabilitation and employment services to Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants; (4) PN case managers use self-screening to identify individuals with the potential for rehabilitation, focus on job placement in the competitive labor market, and provide additional assistance to help clients complete a rehabilatation plan; (5) PN has a total budget of approximately $25 million, which covers estimated costs for project administration and evaluation and vocational rehabilitation services for project participants, and is intended to measure the incremental effects of case management.

Oct 23, 2017

Jun 22, 2017

May 30, 2017

May 18, 2017

Mar 9, 2017

Nov 16, 2016

Nov 15, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

Aug 15, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here