Project Network Case Management waived Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program rules. Case managers helped participants find work.

Project Network Case Management waived Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program rules. Case managers helped participants find work.

Case managers helped participants by arranging for necessary assessments, developing individual employment plans, and identifying and arranging for rehabilitation and employment services that the participants needed to achieve the goals in their plans. Participants received financial incentives, in the form of waivers, once their earnings reached $200 or self-employment exceeded a total of 40 hours. The provisions of the waiver were in effect for 12 months. During this period, the waivers allowed participants to circumvent mandatory special disability or blindness reviews for SSI recipients earning over $500 per month, which could lead to the determination that the applicant was no longer disabled. The waivers also prohibited employment from counting as a trial work period for SSDI recipients, and prevented an interruption of benefits. People could participate in Project NetWork Case Management for up to 24 months. Participation in the intervention was voluntary. All SSDI beneficiaries and SSI applicants and recipients were eligible to participate regardless of age and type or severity of disability. Project NetWork Case Management was implemented in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Minneapolis, MN; six locations in New Hampshire; Richmond, VA; Tampa and Carrollwood, FL; Spokane, WA; and Coeur d'Alene, ID. The Project NetWork Demonstration also evaluated the impacts of waivers only.

Year evaluation began: 1992
Populations and employment barriers: Disability(ies)
Intervention services: Case management
Setting(s): Tested in multiple settings

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $418 per year 0.02 4665
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $209 per year 0.01 4665
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Sample Characteristics

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States or region:
New Hampshire
Minnesota
Florida
Virginia
Texas
Arizona
Idaho
Nevada
Washington

Participant race and ethnicity
Black or African American
26%
White, not Hispanic
64%
Unknown or not reported
10%

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 3