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Securing Employment and Economic Keys to Stability for Persons With Disabilities (SEEKS)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04394949
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : May 20, 2020
Last Update Posted : May 29, 2020
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado, Denver
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, Communication Institute International, Inc.

Brief Summary:
There is a myth that if a person is applying for SSI/SSDI he cannot seek employment. This goal of this research is to learn if a new model of service can lead to employment, increase in gross wages, and a decrease in social isolation for persons with disabilities who work with Centers for Independent Living on applying for SSI/SSDI benefits. The researchers want to compare the services these centers typically offer these consumers to a new model - a team trained in (1) the SOAR model for SSI/SSDI application assistance, (2) certified benefits planning training, (3) customized employment training, and (4) individual employment placement services.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Employment Behavioral: Center for Independent Living SEEKS Team Other: Usual Care Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 550 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Randomize at the participant level (individual level block) for larger centers that have multiple Independent Living (IL) Specialists. Participant will be randomly assigned to work with a staff who is trained in the experimental services or usual care. CILs that cannot accommodate both the experimental services and usual care, cluster randomization will be used.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Securing Employment and Economic Keys to Stability (SEEKS)
Estimated Study Start Date : July 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 30, 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2024

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MedlinePlus related topics: Disabilities

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Business as Usual Arm
Consumers will usual care
Other: Usual Care
Consumers will get same CIL services they would get if they were not enrolled in the study.

Experimental: Experimental Arm
Center for Independent Living (CIL) consumers randomized to work with a group of CIL employees who received training in SOAR, Customized Employment, Supported Employments, and Benefits Planning (CWIC).
Behavioral: Center for Independent Living SEEKS Team
Center for Independent Living (CIL) consumers randomized to work with a group of CIL employees who received training in SOAR, Customized Employment, Supported Employments, and Benefits Planning (CWIC).




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Employed in Competitive Integrative Employment [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
    if employed in competitive integrated employment at time of data collection (yes/no)

  2. Employed in Competitive Integrative Employment [ Time Frame: Six Month Update ]
    if employed in competitive integrated employment at time of data collection (yes/no)

  3. Employed in Competitive Integrative Employment [ Time Frame: Yearly Update ]
    if employed in competitive integrated employment at time of data collection (yes/no)

  4. Employed in Competitive Integrative Employment [ Time Frame: 18 month update ]
    if employed in competitive integrated employment at time of data collection (yes/no)

  5. Employed in Competitive Integrative Employment [ Time Frame: 2 year update ]
    if employed in competitive integrated employment at time of data collection (yes/no)


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Education Level [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
    education level when entering program

  2. Change in Education Level [ Time Frame: Six month ]
    has participant completed more education, including vocational rehabilitation

  3. Change in Education Level [ Time Frame: One year ]
    has participant completed more education, including vocational rehabilitation

  4. Change in Education Level [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
    has participant completed more education, including vocational rehabilitation

  5. Change in Education Level [ Time Frame: Two years ]
    has participant completed more education, including vocational rehabilitation

  6. Gross Income Level [ Time Frame: baseline ]
    Income including wages and benefits

  7. Change in Gross Income Level [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Looking for increased income including wages and benefits

  8. Change in Gross Income Level [ Time Frame: one year ]
    Looking for increased income including wages and benefits

  9. Change in Gross Income Level [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
    Looking for increased income including wages and benefits

  10. Change in Gross Income Level [ Time Frame: two years ]
    Looking for increased income including wages and benefits

  11. Increased Personal Connections [ Time Frame: baseline ]
    Interaction with others outside the home, if at desired level. Participants will indicate if they are able to build friendships, feel included in community, attend organized groups, socialize with friends, neighbors, other students, or co-workers as often as they want. The items are based off the Indicators for Social Isolation Social Participation subscale and then expanded for this study based on feedback from peer advisory committee.

  12. Change in Increased Personal Connections [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Interaction with others outside the home, if at desired level

  13. Change in Increased Personal Connections [ Time Frame: one year ]
    Interaction with others outside the home, if at desired level

  14. Change in Increased Personal Connections [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
    Interaction with others outside the home, if at desired level

  15. Change in Increased Personal Connections [ Time Frame: two years ]
    Interaction with others outside the home, if at desired level



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adults 18-60 years of age,
  • have a disability (as defined the Centers for Independent Living federal reporting guidelines)
  • be a consumer working with a Colorado Independent Living Center to apply for SSI/SSDI
  • agree to work with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Does not work with the Centers for Independent Living
  • Does not agree to provide data every 6 months.
  • Not own legal guardian

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04394949


Locations
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United States, Colorado
Yvonne Kellar-Guenther
Littleton, Colorado, United States, 80120
Contact: Yvonne Kellar-Guenther    303-829-0819 ext 3038290819    ykellar-guenther@ciinternational.com   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Communication Institute International, Inc.
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado, Denver
Additional Information:
Publications:
Anand P, Ben-Shalom Y. Pathways Taken by New Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Awardees. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 2018; 29(3), 153-165. https://doi.org/10.1177/1044207318779987

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Responsible Party: Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, Senior Research Scientist, Communication Institute International, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04394949    
Other Study ID Numbers: DPCP19000085
First Posted: May 20, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 29, 2020
Last Verified: May 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: All de-identified data will be shared. Data will be at the individual level.
Supporting Materials: Study Protocol
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Analytic Code

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, Communication Institute International, Inc.:
employment
education
persons with disabilities
social connection