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- Disability policy analysis and program evaluation
- Social Security Administration (SSA) administered programs
- Qualitative research methods
- Employment and Income Support
- Mental Health and Substance Use
- Medicaid and CHIP
- Employment and Income Support
- Human Services
Noelle Denny-Brown’s research focuses on disability policy, particularly interventions that support people with disabilities in finding or sustaining employment. She is skilled in qualitative research methods, including developing protocols used to interview key informants, synthesizing and analyzing qualitative data, and translating research findings to inform public policy and improve program performance.
Denny-Brown has both policy and programmatic expertise in all Social Security Administration (SSA)-administered programs, particularly Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). She is currently co-directing implementation of the SSA-funded Benefit Offset National Demonstration, which is testing variants of SSDI rules governing work and other supports. She is also leading the analysis of program implementation for the national evaluation of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. The demonstration supports state efforts to transition Medicaid beneficiaries residing in institutional settings to home and community-based settings and rebalance long-term care systems.
Before joining Mathematica in 2006, Denny-Brown served as a social insurance specialist with the SSA and a mental health specialist at McLean Hospital. She holds an M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Evaluation of the Pathways to Careers Program
The SourceAmerica® Pathways to Careers™ program helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or a primary diagnosis of autism obtain competitive integrated employment aligned with their skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of Pathways.
Research and Evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Grants
The Money Follows the Person Demonstration is a federal initiative to help states reduce their reliance on institutional care for people needing long-term care, and expand options for elderly people and individuals with disabilities to receive care in the community.
Evaluation of the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Services Demonstration (MEPD)
Through this demonstration, 11 states and the District of Columbia receive federal Medicaid matching funds for inpatient treatment in participating private institutions for beneficiaries with psychiatric emergency medical conditions. As mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the evaluation is addressing...
Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) Implementation and Evaluation
The Benefit Offset National Demonstration is testing variants of Social Security Disability Insurance program rules governing work and other supports.
Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE)
The Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment, authorized under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, awards funds to states to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions for workers with potentially disabling health conditions.