Cover: The Impact of Terminating Disability Benefits of Substance Abusers on Substance Use and Treatment Participation

The Impact of Terminating Disability Benefits of Substance Abusers on Substance Use and Treatment Participation

Published in: Psychiatric Services, v. 51, no. 11, Nov. 2000, p. 1371-1372, 1381

by Katherine E. Watkins, Deborah Podus

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Abstract

In March 1996 Congress terminated SSI and SSDI benefits to individuals disabled primarily by drug addiction and alcoholism. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the legislative change on substance use and substance abuse treatment participation among persons whose benefits were continued and among those whose benefits were terminated.

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