Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Client Profile #1: Mixed Motivation and Incentives for New SSI Applicants

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Client Profile #1: Mixed Motivation and Incentives for New SSI Applicants

Article excerpt

Ann' was a 50-year-old SSI applicant whose primary disability was diabetes and whose secondary disabilities were arthritis and alcoholism. At the time of intake for ProJect NetWork, Ann was living in a group home for women substance abusers, and she had mixed emotions about leaving; she wanted to become independent and self-sufficient, but she was afraid to be on her own. Ann realized that employment was the first step toward independence. Almost immediately after enrolling in Project NetWork in Tampa, she found a job on her own at a local food bank. Although she complained constantly about experiencing pain and exhaustion, she stayed at the job for approximately 6 months. During this employment, Ann worked with Joe, her referral manager, to develop her vocational goals and her Individual Referral Plan more formally. In addition, Joe encouraged Ann to appeal her SSI application, which had at first been denied.

After Ann quit her job at the food bank, Joe referred her to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency, where she was denied services. Joe then referred her to several private sector agencies for vocational assessments and vocational counseling and to an educational learning center to improve her reading and math skills. …

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