Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Labor launched an evaluation study of the Disability Program Navigator Initiative called “Use of One-Stops by Social Security Disability Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator Initiative.”
The evaluation analysis measures whether the public workforce system, chiefly the One-Stop Career Center system, is providing support to people who are receiving Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance find jobs within the workplace. The study was held within four different states, such as Iowa, Colorado, Oregon, and Maryland, and utilized both Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker, and Wagner-Peyser database information for 2002 through 2007.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates said:
“This administration is focused on reducing the number of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, with the goal of increasing job opportunities. The public workforce investment system’s role in serving people with disabilities, and reducing the unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities, is critically important. For the first time, we have data clearly documenting that thousands of Social Security disability beneficiaries are seeking and receiving services from One-Stop Career Centers in four states.”
The evaluation study exhibits that the One-Stop Career Centers are helping a huge share of individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits. The public workforce system is providing a substantial support for beneficiaries who want to work and develop their employment opportunities.