There are approximately 2 million adults in the United States afflicted with mental health disability, and reports of such disability have increased significantly during the last 15-years. One significant finding is that those reporting disability frequently have less access to mental health services within their communities.
Michigan residents who are unable to work because of a disability may be eligible to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD). The program offers financial help and health-care benefits to those in need, and will reach more than 10 million Americans this year.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is often a long and frustrating process. This is particularly true in our current economy and the number of applicants on the increase. In Michigan, Maryland and other states, the number of individuals applying for such disability benefits has risen by approximately 30 percent.
Like many government programs, Social Security Disability is under financial strain and is also under the control of Congress. It is up to Congress to make decisions as to who and who should not receive disability benefits and specifically what the designation of disability should be.
There is a move in Congress to place more checks on how Social Security Disability Benefits are distributed. Unfortunately, disability checks often fall into the hands of other individuals that use the money for they own personal uses. A woman was recently accused of leaving disabled people locked up in her basement while she was cashing their benefit checks. The woman in question was a paroled murderer who brought in mentally disabled people to sign for benefits before she would then abscond with the funds.