Disability payments for persons with severe mental illness in alberta, Canada

Raymond Block, Mel Slomp, Scott Patten, Philip Jacobs, Arto E. Ohinmaa, Carolyn S Dewa

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Objective: The authors measured the total expenditures for two key sources of social support in Alberta in 2005 for persons with severe and persistent mental illness and compared these expenditures with the total mental health expenditures. Methods: Social services and assistance benefit data were from the federal government's Canada Pension Plan-Disability Benefits and from Alberta Services' Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped for beneficiaries with psychiatric diagnoses. These benefits were compared with the total public mental health expenditures in Alberta for budget year 2005-2006. Results: A total of 7,456 adults with certified mental illness conditions received federal disability benefits, and 17,138.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)686-688
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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