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Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE): Maryland PROMISE Process Analysis Report
Publisher: Washington, DC: Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 21, 2018
- The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) was the lead agency for the statewide MD PROMISE program. Representatives from six other state agencies participated on a PROMISE steering committee, which supported and worked collaboratively with the program. MDOD contracted with one organization to provide intensive technical assistance on service delivery to program staff, and three other organizations to provide the following key services to treatment group youth and their families: (1) assertive case management and employment-related services; (2) benefits counseling; and (3) financial education services.
- Three years into program operations, 92 percent of treatment group youth had participated to some extent in MD PROMISE. Almost two-thirds had participated in an unpaid work experience and almost half in a paid work experience. At least half (and perhaps as many as four-fifths) of participants had received some type of benefits counseling, though the intensity of that counseling tended to be low—typically a single in-person or telephone consultation. Between one-quarter and one-third received some form of financial education. In addition, the program had facilitated linkages to adult service providers for over one-third of participating youth and linkages to post-secondary services or opportunities for an equal number.
- Even before MD PROMISE began, MDOD had strong working relationships with the state agencies and contractors that subsequently became partners in the program. Those relationships became stronger and collaboration among the partners increased as PROMISE services rolled out.
- The process analysis suggested that conditions were favorable for observing positive impacts of the program on youth. Most treatment group youth received some key services from the program, control group youth had only limited access to services similar to those MD PROMISE provided, and there was virtually no risk that control group youth received MD PROMISE services. The parents and guardians of very few treatment group youth received employment or other services, however, so the prospects for impacts on those individuals were less favorable.
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