Modernizing the Gateway to Disability Benefits (In Focus Brief)

Publisher: Washington, DC: Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 02, 2016
David C. Stapleton, Yonatan Ben-Shalom, and David R. Mann
The report of the McCrery-Pomeroy Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Solutions Initiative emphasizes the importance of near-term investments in early intervention as the most promising way to strengthen the support system for people with disabilities and save taxpayers’ money. Developing an Employment/Eligibility Services (EES) system—in effect modernizing the Disability Determination Services system—is a promising and practical way to proceed. This brief summarizes the key features of an EES system and suggests how such a system can be developed, tested, and deployed.