Social Security Administration Payments to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies for Disability Program Beneficiaries Who Work: Evidence from Linked Administrative Data

Social Security Bulletin. 78(4): 29-47, 2018

19 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2018

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Jody Schimmel

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Paul O'Leary

Government of the United States of America - Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support

Date Written: November 7, 2018

Abstract

This article’s authors use linked administrative data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration to evaluate SSA’s investment in services provided by the federal-state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. A unique data resource permits a comparison of the value of SSA payments to state VR agencies for services provided to disability program beneficiaries who find and maintain a substantial level of work with the value of the cash benefits those beneficiaries forgo because of work. The authors find that the value of cash benefits forgone by beneficiaries after applying for VR services is substantially greater than the value of SSA payments to state VR agencies for those services.

Keywords: Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Beneficiaries, Work And Return To Work, Disability Benefits Forgone For Work

JEL Classification: H52, H55, J11, J14

Suggested Citation

Schimmel, Jody and O'Leary, Paul, Social Security Administration Payments to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies for Disability Program Beneficiaries Who Work: Evidence from Linked Administrative Data (November 7, 2018). Social Security Bulletin. 78(4): 29-47, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3286206

Jody Schimmel (Contact Author)

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

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Paul O'Leary

Government of the United States of America - Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support ( email )

United States

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