Work and Benefits: Easier, More Accessible, and Accurate Information for Mental Health Consumers
By Advocates of Abilene, Policy Project Grantee
Working can aid in recovery for people with mental health conditions, yet many could risk losing essential disability income and health coverage by accepting employment without being informed about the impact on their benefits. With a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Advocates of Abilene, Inc. researched state and federal employment policies affecting disability benefits and produced educational materials in English and Spanish to explain the impact of employment on disability and low income benefits.
The Work and Benefits booklet and video encourages mental health consumers, their families, service providers and advocacy workers to learn the basics of determining how work can impact their benefits. This educational material was compiled with expertise and information provided by people who receive disability income, mental health service providers and the Social Security Administration. Examples of employment earning scenarios and how they impact a person's disability benefits are found in these materials.
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