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. 2018 May 7;14:453-469.
doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050817-084754.

Social Security and Disability Due to Mental Impairment in Adults

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Social Security and Disability Due to Mental Impairment in Adults

Howard H Goldman et al. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. .

Abstract

The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two disability programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Adults with mental impairments represent a very large component of the programs. Policy makers and SSA are concerned about the accuracy of disability determination and also about low levels of labor force participation among individuals with disabilities. Adults with mental impairments are challenging to assess for work-related functional limitations. They are also a challenge to return to labor force participation. SSA has sponsored several demonstration research programs focusing on improving the accuracy of disability determination and on interventions in supported employment to return individuals with mental impairments to competitive employment. This article reviews the demonstration research focused on both entry into the disability system (at the "front door") and potential exit from it (through the "back door"). All of the research holds promise to "right-size" the SSA disability program.

Keywords: disability; functional assessment; mental impairments; social security; supported employment.

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