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Taking Issue   |    
Financial Health and Social Recovery
Annie Harper, Ph.D.; Michael Rowe, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300526
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Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Being poor increases the likelihood that a person will have a mental illness, exacerbates psychiatric symptoms, and increases the likelihood of poor general medical health. Benefits counseling and supportive employment can have a positive impact on an individual’s financial instability and related anxiety by directly increasing income. Having a conservator or representative payee can also lead to positive outcomes for those who make bad financial decisions. However, interventions that remove financial control from clients rarely incorporate either their input regarding entry into such arrangements or plans for clients’ eventual exit.

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