Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities
- Transitions of youth and young adults with disabilities
- Social network analysis of interorganizational collaboratives
- Transition to Adulthood
- Employment and Income Support
- Statistics and Measurement
Todd Honeycutt focuses on vocational rehabilitation and employment programs for the working-age population and youth with disabilities. He also has expertise in social network analyses and developmental evaluation.
Honeycutt has contributed to several Mathematica projects focused on our nation’s programs for youth, young adults, and working-age people with disabilities. He is currently evaluating two long-term demonstration projects offering work-based learning experiences to high school students, and he leads an effort for the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to assess strategies that promote the employment outcomes of youth receiving Supplemental Security Income. As primary investigator for the Disability Research Consortium and project director for the Research and Rehabilitation Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth, he leads research projects to understand how vocational rehabilitation agencies serve transition-age youth.
His additional health research interests include understanding community-level systems change and collaborations among organizations. As part of this interest, he is evaluating a juvenile justice systems change initiative for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Other research in this area has included examining a community-based collaborative change package of evidence-based and promising practices linking primary care, public health, and community-based interventions to prevent and treat childhood obesity. For the Consumer Voices for Coverage Evaluation, Honeycutt led an assessment of 12 coalition leadership teams as part of an evaluation of state-level advocacy networks for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Before joining Mathematica in 2006, Honeycutt held research positions at the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services and Rutgers University and was an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University. His work has appeared in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, American Journal of Evaluation, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Demography, and the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. He holds a Ph.D. in health systems and policy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
Evaluation of Initiatives to Improve Adult Outcomes and Employment Opportunities for Young Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Young people with disabilities, particularly those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), face unique challenges as they transition into adulthood. Even with targeted support services, they often fall behind their peers in their educational and economic attainment as adults.
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration
Mathematica is helping to develop a demonstration focused on improving the employment outcomes of state vocational rehabilitation clients who receive only SSDI benefits.
Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
Mathematica is conducting a developmental evaluation of the Local Deep End Initiative, including process and outcome analyses in 12 communities.
Helping Youth with Disabilities Transition to Employment
Youth with disabilities, especially youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), face unique challenges that affect their employment prospects as they become adults.
Alternatives to Benefit Receipt: Special Journal Edition Offers Insights for Reducing Reliance on Disability Support Programs and Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities
A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, compiled and co-edited by Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg, explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment...