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The Relationship of Multiple Program Benefits and Employment to SSI/DI Enrollment and Reliance Among Working-Age Adults with Serious Mental Illness
DRC Working Paper Number 2017-03
Publisher: Washington, DC: Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 30, 2017
- Multiple program participation was common among working-age adults with serious mental illness (SMI). Multiple program participation was more common in means-tested social welfare programs such as SSI and state welfare than in social insurance programs such as SSDI.
- States varied considerably in the proportion of working-age adults with SMI who were receiving SSI or State welfare benefits, even adjusting for individual characteristics and not explained by local area unemployment rates.
- Employment was related to diminished use of SSI cash benefits, but not to SSDI cash benefit use.