Project 2. SSDI Return to Work Improvement Through Financial & Benefits Counseling

  • Particularly at this time of unprecedented unemployment associated with the pandemic, and the need for qualified beneficiaries to return to work, study is needed of SSDI beneficiary changes in employment status over time, income production gains, and the potential to reduce reliance on Social Security benefits towards achievement of financial goals.
  • The proposed research study will test the efficacy integrated benefits and financial counseling for adult recipients of SSDI over age 21.
  • Approach involves active engagement in making informed and meaningful choices regarding access and use of Social Security benefits and decisions about pathways to advance financial stability.
  • These informed choices will lead to measurable benefits not just for the individual beneficiaries, but for the SSDI program generally.