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New Article Published: Participation in safety-net programs and the utilization of employment services among working-age persons with disabilities

by User Not Found | Jan 14, 2013

Andrew J. Houtenville, and Debra L. Brucker of the Institute on Disability, have authored a new article "Participation in safety-net programs and the utilization of employment services among working-age persons with disabilities". The article has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

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Abstract

A comprehensive analysis of the 2009 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement provides the first snapshot of the involvement of people with disabilities in a broad array of government programs.  Focusing on the working-age population, this analysis reveals that people with disabilities represent one-third of the persons that participate in safety-net programs.  Among persons with disabilities, 65 percent participate in a safety-net program, compared to 17 percent of persons without disabilities.  Among Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries, 38 percent participate in safety-net programs other than DI, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and Medicare.  Furthermore, results suggest that only three and eight percent of low income non-working safety-net participants with and without disabilities, respectively, utilize employment services.  Improved data collection on the use of employment services is needed to further evaluate the interaction of safety-net and employment services programs.

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