The impact of receipt of Social Security supplemental income on vocational rehabilitation closure status for transitional-aged youth
The current study examined the effects of the receipt of the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on employment outcomes for transitional-aged youth ranging from 14 to 22 years. The fiscal year 2016 Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA-911) data set was used to examine the effects. Due to limitations with the data and significant data errors in the data set, no statistical significance was found. It was significant that the data had substantial and numerous errors that did not allow for determining whether or not there were meaningful effects on the receipt of SSI, or any services provided by the federal/state vocational rehabilitation system. The finding established the lack of any meaningful way for a researcher to utilize the data set to determine the effects of the receipt of SSI or the effects of the services provided to program participants. Several suggestions are made to increase the accuracy of the data set as well as for potential research directions once the data are collected and managed appropriately.