Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Disability Insurance (DI), and Substance Abusers

by Carole Roan Gresenz, Katharine Watkins Webb, Deborah Podus

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price
Add to Cart Paperback14 pages Free

Federal legislation repealed Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability Insurance (DI) for alcohol and drug abusers as of January 1997. This article outlines the context in which the legislation was passed and summarizes concerns resulting from the legislation. The authors discuss the effects of the legislation on treatment participation, financing, and availability, and the legislation’s impact on individuals with dual mental health and substance abuse problems. They also consider the individual and societal implications of substance abusers’ loss of monthly income and health insurance.

Originally published in: Community Mental Health Journal, v. 34, no. 4, August 1998, pp. 337-350.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation reprint series. The Reprint was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1992 to 2011 that represented previously published journal articles, book chapters, and reports with the permission of the publisher. RAND reprints were formally reviewed in accordance with the publisher's editorial policy and compliant with RAND's rigorous quality assurance standards for quality and objectivity. For select current RAND journal articles, see External Publications.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.