Research Report Geographic Patterns in Disability Insurance Receipt
Mental Disorders in New England
Jonathan Schwabish
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This brief examines correlates of DI benefit receipt for people with mental disorders, focusing on the higher rate of receipt in the six New England states. In 2015, 1.8 percent of all 18- to 65-year-olds across the country received DI benefits because of mental disorders. That recipiency rate was markedly higher in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The evidence suggests that access to and treatment from the health care system (which tend to be better in New England states) may help people identify their illnesses and contact the DI program and other services.

Research Areas Health and health care Aging and retirement Social safety net Disability equity policy
Tags Older workers Disability and long-term care Disability Insurance Retirement policy Substance use Opioid crisis
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center