Mental Health Treatment Study

State(s) / Location(s) Involved

Bridgeport, CT; Chicago, IL; Norwich, CT; Peoria, IL; Manchester, NH; Spring Lake Park, MN; Framingham, MA; Mentor, OH; New York, NY; Indianapolis, IN; Bethesda, MD; Washington, DC; Kansas City, KS; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Denver, CO; St. Petersburg, FL; Grants Pass, OR; Smyrna, GA; Vancouver, WA; Aiken, SC; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX

Start / Enrollment Date

October 2006



The Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services would have on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit receipt for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of providing these SSDI beneficiaries access to high quality services designed to improve their employment outcomes.  The services included systematic medication management, the services of a nurse-care coordinator to coordinate participants’ physical and mental health therapies, and the services of a supported employment specialist trained in the individual placement and support model.  We also paid for out-of-pocket mental health expenses and other expenses necessary to help participants return to work.


Mental Health Treatment Study Final Report

Mental Health Treatment Study Appendices

Mental Health Treatment Study Supplemental Appendices


In September 2005, the contract for the Mental Health Treatment Study was awarded to Westat. Enrollment of participants began in October 2006. The study remained in the field for 4 years. We received the final report in 2011.