PROMISE, or Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income, is a joint initiative of the Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services along with the Social Security Administration. Its purpose is to better coordinate and increase use of services such as those provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program, Medicaid health and home and community based services, Job Corps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Investment Act programs.
A small number of competitive, multi-year grants will be awarded to states. Applications for these grants will be submitted by governors and will identify a lead agency that is tasked with managing the program. The grants and service coordination that comes as part of the PROMISE initiative is intended to improve outcomes for children and youth, and their families, from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Department of Education is requesting comments on key program areas of the PROMISE initiative in areas related to the program’s priorities, outreach, technical assistance, and evaluation, among other areas. For more information, and to provide your comments, please click here. Comments will be accepted until March 17, 2013.
For more information on the PROMISE initiative, please click here.