Uniform TitleDisability, substance abuse and public disability benefits
NameBrucker, Debra L. (author), Jagannathan, Radha (chair), Cantor, Joel (internal member), Crowley, Jocelyn (internal member), Harvey, Carol (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School-New Brunswick,
SubjectPlanning and Public Policy,
People with disabilities,
People with social disabilities,
DescriptionThe public disability benefit system in the United States (US) currently does not award disability benefits to persons who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse. A qualitative analysis examines the national disability systems of ten countries - Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the US - and determines that the US system is the only system having this limitation. Quantitative research methods are used to more fully understand the prevalence of substance abuse within the US disability benefit system and to examine the relationships among benefit receipt, substance abuse, participation in substance abuse treatment, and employment in the US. Using data from the 2002 and 2003 National
Household Survey on Drug Abuse, the results demonstrate that some types of substance
use disorders are more likely among certain disability beneficiaries and that disability
beneficiaries who have substance use disorders are more likely to access treatment than
persons with substance use disorders who are not beneficiaries. Results could not confirm, however, that those beneficiaries who access treatment are more likely to return to employment than those who do not access treatment.
Note[bibliography] Includes bibliographical references (p. 150-170).
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.