Transitional Aged Youth Need Supports to Achieve Self-Sufficiency


There is a population of youth in today’s foster care system who require specialized attention to guide them toward a path of self-sufficiency. These are known as Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) and by definition, include youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are in transition from state custody or foster care. The successful integration of any TAY population into society requires support. According to some researchers, the typical youth is not expected to reach self-sufficiency until the age of 26 and receives, on average, $44,500 in parental support after age 18. So for youth in foster care, it is no wonder that this transition can be an exceedingly rocky one. This is due, to some degree, to the lack of a coordinated support system which would normally assist foster youth in the absence of parental figures. In general, foster youth in this age group are often at risk for homelessness, increased incidents of juvenile justice involvement, higher levels of unemployment, and a lack of post-secondary education. [More]

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SSA Issues New Rulings on Endocrine Disorders for SSI/SSDI Claims


Effective June 2, 2014, Social Security Rulings (SSRs) 14-2p and 14-3p can be used as guidance on Social Security Administration’s (SSA) evaluation of Diabetes Mellutis (DM) and other endocrine system disorders respectively, for Title XVI Supplemental Security Income and Title II Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. [More]




SSA Collaborates with VA on New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans


Effective March 17, 2014, American veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) are eligible for expedited processing of their Social Security disability applications. [More]

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SSA Issues a “Notice of Proposed Rule Making” for Its Cancer Disorders Listings


The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced today its proposal to revise the medical criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that it uses to evaluate claims involving Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases) in adults (13.00) and children (113.00) under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). [More]

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1.5 Percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase set for 2014


The millions of Americans paid Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Insurance benefits in 2014 will see a 1.5 percent increase in their monthly checks. According to SSA’s press release [More]


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SSA Announces Final Rules - Change in Terminology: ‘‘Mental Retardation’’ to ‘‘Intellectual Disability’’


Effective September 3, 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will replace all reference to “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability in its Listing of Impairments used to evaluate claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). [More]


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