- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Only people who have paid Social Security taxes can become insured for benefits, meaning you have to have a work history.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Based on need and qualifying as disabled.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): The study mentioned that many people with symptoms of mental illness utilize this program.
For help understanding the difference the difference between SSDI and SSI, see:
The following sites have useful information on what is involved in the screening process to qualify for social security disability income:
- Mental Illness and Social Security Disability, by NoLo, Law for All
- Allsup, a private Social Security disability claims services company, provides a helpful explanation of Social Security's five-step process to determine if a bipolar patient qualifies for SSDI.
- Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: Mental Disorders (Affective Disorders 12.04)