Smart Policy Works was founded in 1992 – during the era of welfare reform – with the sole purpose of improving access to public benefits programs and preserving the integrity of the Social Security Disability Income programs. Our work has grown exponentially since then, but we work today toward the same purpose: to break down economic, social, and structural barriers to health and well-being.
HDA spearheaded this $11 million national media campaign on disability and employment, launched in 2009-10, which sought to raise awareness that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.
HDA evaluated the resources that were available to military service members, returning veterans, and their families to identify the gaps in existing services and groups that are systemically underserved.
HDA’s analysis of services available for people with disabilities in Illinois was used to inform grantmaking by the Persons with Disabilities Fund at the Chicago Community Trust.
The project reached out to Chicago’s homeless and mentally ill, connecting homeless adults with SSI benefits.
HDA created a library of public benefits resource materials for providers and consumers designed to help individuals better access health care and public benefits programs.
The partnership works with Chicago’s leading children’s hospitals and clinics to provide free legal assistance to vulnerable families and children so they can access public benefits and education.
A state-run program in Illinois, AllKids provides comprehensive healthcare benefits for children in lower-income households, the first state plan to hold forth the promise of universal health care coverage for children.
This federal class action lawsuit on behalf of 600,000 Cook County children receiving Medicaid led to major improvements in the delivery of health care services to children in low-income families.
HDA provided training and clarification on the choices and restrictions facing seniors as a result of the Medicare Modernization act, and advocated for Illinois’ pharmacy assistance program.
The SSI Coalition researched and developed “the MAP,” an outline of Illinois medical programs with a blueprint for action.
The original homepage stated “HDA seeks to assure that low-income adults, children and adults with disabilities lead secure and dignified lives. HDA advocates for policies that promote economic security and provide health coverage.”
The SSI Coalition served as state systems development specialists under contract with Cornell University and Virginia Commonwealth University, on Social Security Work Incentives programs for community-based organizations across the country. Continue reading “Trusted Advisors to SSA”
A technical assistance partnership, the National Consortium for Health Systems Development provided state-tailored aid for projects to develop comprehensive health and employment service systems for people with disabilities.
As a contractor to the Social Security Administration, the SSI Coalition held meetings in all 10 federal regions to share its expertise on the Ticket to Work legislation.