Housing and Employment Outcomes for Mental Health Self-Direction Participants: Research Brief

Date: 05/2018

Author(s): Bevin Croft, Research Associate

This research brief provides an overview of a study conducted by a team of HSRI researchers and their colleagues, with funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To explore the effect of mental health self-direction on important functional outcomes like employment and housing, the team looked at data from the nation’s largest and longest-standing self-direction effort, FloridaSDC. The results were promising: Compared to a similar group of nonparticipants, self-directing participants were more likely to improve, or maintain at high levels, engagement in paid work and independent housing.

Their full findings were published online in the journal Psychiatric Services. They conducted the research as part of the Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health project.

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