Thank you for your interest in the PROMISE program. PROMISE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor to fund model demonstration projects in States to promote positive short-term and long-term outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families.
In order to run a rigorous competition and obligate the funds available for this program to grantees before September 30, 2013, ED will waive rulemaking for this new program, pursuant to its authority in section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions Act. We encourage all interested parties to review the PROMISE Public Input Notice (PIN) and offer your input on key program areas with us. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM EDT on March 17, 2013. We will review and consider the public input as we develop the final priority that will be published in a Notice Inviting Applications in the Federal Register later this spring.
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Please understand that posts must be related to the PROMISE program priority and should be as specific as possible. Each post must be limited to 1,000 words. All opinions, ideas, suggestions, and comments are considered informal input and ED will not respond to any posts. If you include a link to additional information in your post, we urge you to ensure that the linked information is accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities who require accessible formats. We look forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions. However, please be aware that the input you provide in these posts might or might not be reflected in the final notice inviting applications that will be published in the Federal Register.
Again, thank you for your interest in this opportunity to promote positive outcomes for children who receive SSI and their families. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Selected Areas for Input
1. Request for specific input on the Overview of Program section:
- Should an organization other than a State agency be eligible to apply as the lead coordinating entity as long as the leadership of the organization is appointed by (or is under the authority of) the Governor?
- Would a non-State entity have the ability to effectively bring together the necessary partners and coordinate program activities?
- Under the draft priority, a child SSI recipient must be between the ages of 14 and 16 at the time their project services are initiated to be eligible to participate in the MDP. This will allow the child and family participants to receive at least two years of project services prior to the child’s age 18 SSI redetermination. Should the priority also allow child SSI recipients who are 17 years of age when services are initiated to participate in the MDP? Or do participants need to receive more than one year of project services prior to the age 18 SSI redetermination in order to achieve the desired outcomes of this program?
2. Request for specific input on the Priority Section:
- Given the administrative structure in your State and the State programs that must be included in the partnership (see (a)(1) under Project Activities), would the partnership requirements in this notice be a significant barrier to implementing a successful project in your State? If so, what are those barriers?
- Are there State programs or other entities that should be added or removed from the list of required partners in order to ensure that the project can achieve the goals of the PROMISE program? If so, which ones?
- What programs and strategies at the State or local level have shown great potential or have been proven to improve educational, employment, or other key outcomes for child SSI recipients and their families?
3. Request for general input on the Participant Outreach and Recruitment section.
4. Request for general input on the Technical Assistance and Training section.
5. Request for general input on the Evaluation and Project Assessment Activities section.
6. Request for specific input on the Performance Measures section:
- Do States have an existing management information system or system that could be easily adapted for the purpose of managing the MDP? For example, a State may have a system that has the capacity to track referrals and service participation, including documenting the services and supports received by the child and their family.
7. Request for general input on the Other Project Requirements section.
8. Request for specific input on the Application Requirements section:
- What waivers should be available to the PROMISE MDPs? Of particular interest are the waiver authorities of programs administered by the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration.
- What are the legislative, regulatory, or other barriers that impede a community’s ability to implement the most cost-effective strategies to assist children who receive SSI and their families?
9. Request for specific input on the Awards section:
- Is it feasible to use the OBP model for this grant? The OBP model is currently being pursued under existing authority by the Departments of Labor and Justice. What are the challenges and benefits?
10. Request for general input on the Definitions section.
11. Request for general input on the Selection Criteria section.
12. Other comments on the PROMISE initiative.
* When providing comment, please include the request for input number from above in which your comment relates.