Research & Analysis by Valerie Melburg

Participation in Programs Designed to Improve Employment Outcomes for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities: Evidence from the New York WORKS Demonstration Project
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 66, No. 2 (released May 2006)
by S. Antonio Ruiz-Quintanilla, Robert R. Weathers II, Valerie Melburg, Kimberly Campbell, and Nawaf Madi

This article examines a multistage recruitment process used to select Supplemental Security Income recipients with a psychiatric disorder to participate in a project designed to improve their employment outcomes. It uses an empirical method recently developed in the literature abut the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) to analyze the importance of individual characteristics on enrollment in the project. The results show that characteristics of SSI recipients have a different impact on enrollment at different points in the recruitment process. Results also point to ways that program administrators may improve recruitment strategies and participation for similar projects.