Identification Number:
DI 11070 TN 2
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:ORDP ODP
Title:Title XVI Childhood and Age 18 Disability Redetermination Cases (Public Law 104-193 as Modified by P.L. 105-33) FO
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:All Programs
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PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part DI – Disability Insurance
Chapter 110 – Initial Claims Processing
Subchapter 70 – Title XVI Childhood and Age 18 Disability Redetermination Cases (Public Law 104-193 as Modified by P.L. 105-33) FO
Transmittal No. 2, 06/07/2022

Audience

PSC: CA, CS, DE, DEC, DTE, ICDS, IES, ISRA, RECONR, SCPS, TSA, TST;
OCO-OEIO: BET, CR, CTE, ERE, FCR, FDE, FDEC, RECONE, RECONR, RECOVR;
OCO-ODO: BET, BTE, CR, CST, CTE, CTE TE, DE, DEC, DS, PAS, PETE, PETL, RCOVTA, RECONE, RECOVR;
ODD-DDS: REF;
FO/TSC: CS, CS TII, CS TXVI, CSR, CTE, DRT, FR, OA, OS, RR, TA, TSC-CSR;

Originating Component

ODP

Effective Date

Upon Receipt

Background

This transmittal contains new policy for DI 11070.006. This section provides instructions that the Field Office (FO) will follow when reviewing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disabled child (DC) cases for youth ages 14-17.

Summary of Changes

DI 11070.006 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipient’s Ages 14-17 Transitioning into Adulthood

This is a new policy section. This section includes plain language writing and includes cross-references to instructions, where appropriate.

DI 11070.006 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipient’s Ages 14-17 Transitioning into Adulthood

A. Background of SSI youth recipients transitioning into adulthood

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews the disability of children receiving SSI using the adult disability criteria when they attain age 18, referred to as an age-18 redetermination. Age-18 redeterminations result in about 33-40 percent of youth losing SSI eligibility (and the accompanying Medicaid access). Transition-age SSI youth (ages 14-17) have significant gaps in the awareness and use of services currently available. For example, transition-age youth may not be aware that while they are participating in a program of vocational training or similar services (for example, individualized education program (IEP) for an individual age 18 through 21), his or her benefits may continue until participation in the program ends, even though benefits have ceased based on the age 18 redetermination.

SSA has identified this difficult transition into adulthood and the return of many youth to the program in early adulthood. SSA conducted the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) as seen in Fraker et al.2014 , which provides employment support to transition-age youth. The results from the YTD demonstrates that employment focused services can assist the youth with succeeding in the labor market. There are many opportunities to close the service gap and promote successful transitions for SSI youth outside the research arena. The Office of Retirement and Disability Policy’s Office of Research, Demonstration and Employment Support proposed a yearly informational campaign designed to inform families of SSI youth ages 14 through 17 about resources that can help them prepare for adulthood.

This publication provides information about:

  • SSI work incentives that primarily affect youth (such as the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) in SI 00820.510 and Section 301 in DI 14505.000); and

  • Common programs and support services the family and youth may find helpful (such as vocational rehabilitation and the Department of Education’s Parent Centers) for a successful transition into adulthood.

B. Informing SSI youth recipients prior to turning age 18

SSA will send all SSI recipients aged 14-17 a notice and an updated publication yearly in August as part of an informational campaign designed to inform SSI youth recipients about resources that can help them prepare for a successful transition to adulthood. For a sample notice, which introduces the publication “What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18”, see DI 11070.006C in this section.

C. Exhibits of the Notice and Publication

The field office can use the exhibits below to see the current version of the youth transitioning notice and publication.

  1. 1. 

    The most current version of the “Child transitioning to adulthood” notice is attached below as PDF files in English and in Spanish.

    This is the "Child transitioning to adulthood" as a PDF file - in English.

    This is the "Child transitioning to adulthood" as a PDF file - in Spanish.

  2. 2. 

    To see the most current version of the publication “What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18,” click here: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-11005.pdf.


DI 11070 TN 2 - Title XVI Childhood and Age 18 Disability Redetermination Cases (Public Law 104-193 as Modified by P.L. 105-33) FO - 6/10/2022