Addressing the Challenges Facing SSA's Disability Programs

 
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 66 No. 3, 2005/2006

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The Comprehensive Work Opportunity Initiative: Overcoming Multiple Barriers to Employment

This diagram is captioned "A variety of strategies are needed in order to overcome the multiple barriers to employment—regulatory changes and possible statutory changes, which can be assessed through a variety of demonstration projects."

The chart shows eight concentric squares, each representing an obstacle to employment; and twelve labeled balloons, each representing a component of the Comprehensive Work Opportunity Initiative, linked to the obstacle or obstacles it addresses.

Each obstacle is listed below, with the relevant components noted.

Obstacle 1: Psychological impact of the disability process.

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Obstacle 2: Physical impact of delayed access to health care.

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Obstacle 3: Lack of access to training and employment services.

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Obstacle 4: Premature loss of benefits.

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Obstacle 5: Loss of ongoing employment supports.

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Obstacle 6: DI cash cliff and SSI limits.

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Obstacle 7: Job loss and difficulty of reinstatement.

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Obstacle 8: Work related overpayments.

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