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Date: October 19, 2020

Today Social Security released a notice to more than 340,000 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients between the ages of 14 and 17 (transition-aged youth) and their adult representatives to help them identify policies and other resources to assist youth in their transition to adulthood. These mailings include a notice introducing our annual informational publication, What You Need To Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18 (Publication No. 05-11005). Caregivers are encouraged to review it with the child, if possible.

This publication helps youth prepare for the transition from school to adult life. It provides information about SSI work incentives primarily affecting youth, as well as information about common programs, services, and supports that parents, guardians, and youth may find helpful.

Specific programs covered include:

  • Student Earned Income Exclusion;
  • SSI Continued Payments (Section 301);
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Programs;
  • Department of Education’s Parent Centers; and
  • Medicaid — including the importance of keeping health insurance and having a primary care provider.

The publication can be obtained from the agency’s publication website in both English and Spanish versions.