Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE)


New York State PROMISE is a federally sponsored research initiative focused on removing obstacles to adult success for youth who receive Supplemental Security Income. NYS PROMISE is vital because research has shown that youth who receive SSI typically do not successfully transition from high school to adulthood.

The long-term goals of NYS PROMISE include enhancing both employment and educational outcomes for youth with disabilities who receive SSI and improving economic, employment, and educational results for their families. NYS PROMISE brings together the NYS Governor's Office, state disability agencies, the Yang-Tan Institute, local schools, regional parent centers, local service providers, and other transition stakeholders to find the most effective ways to help transform the lives of youth who receive SSI.


NYS PROMISE is a five-year research project that advances employment and postsecondary education outcomes for youth with disabilities between the ages of 14 -16 who receive SSI and their families. NYS PROMISE will enroll 2,000 of these youth who live in western New York State, the capital region, or the New York City areas. Eligible families receive special invitations to NYS PROMISE orientation and recruitment events through their child's school and/or regional parent center. NYS PROMISE has received a no-cost extension that will extend the project to September 30, 2019.

Of the 2,000 enrolled youth, 1,000 youth will be randomly placed in a control group and will continue receiving usual transition and education services provided through their local communities, and 1,000 youth will be randomly selected to receive additional coordinated NYS PROMISE intervention services and supports. 


  • develop strong and effective partnerships with agencies that provide key services to youth who receive SSI and their families;
  • implement effective practices at local demonstration sites, targeted to the needs of young SSI recipients and their families;
  • evaluate interventions via rigorous project design and data collection procedures.


Michelle Podolec
Project Coordinator


Phone: 607-255-2886


New York State Office of Mental Health


Thomas P. Golden, Andrew Karhan


● New York State Office of Mental Health

● New York State Education Department

● Department of Labor

● New York State Office of Children and Family Services

● New York State Department of Health

● New York Employment Services System

● New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

● New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council