Qu Zhang

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2013


social, services, supplemental, secure, income


The Disability Review Unit (DRU) with Broome County Department of Social Services (BDSS) assist county Safety Net recipients with transitioning from the Safety Net Assistance (SNA) program to federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Transitioning clients from the SNA to SSI program reduces local costs since SNA is funded by the federal government . However, according to DRU monthly reports, the SSI approval rates for both initial applications and the appeals (after the initial applications were denied) are relatively low. Therefore, in order to reduce the local SNA population and save local costs, BCDSS wants to find out the best strategies to transition more clients from SNA to SSI.