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Benefits Management for People With Psychiatric Disabilities

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yale University Identifier:
First received: February 2, 2011
Last updated: July 16, 2014
Last verified: July 2014
This stage 1 clinical trial will determine pilot efficacy, develop a therapy manual, and collect qualitative data concerning a brief money management intervention for people disabled by psychiatric illnesses.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dual Diagnosis
Bipolar Disorder
Behavioral: Benefits Management
Behavioral: Illness Management and Recovery
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Benefits Management for People With Psychiatric Disabilities

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in the Summed score on the Heinrich-Carpenter Quality of Life Measure [ Time Frame: Change from Week 0 to Week 24 ]
    The Heinrich-Carpenter Quality of Life score is derived by summing ratings of individual items after a semi-structured interview. The possible score on any given interview is 0-126. It is a global measure of social functioning with higher scores indicating better functioning.

Enrollment: 99
Study Start Date: August 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Benefits Management
Money-management intervention consisting of brief advice on budgeting, assessment of ability to follow a budget, and assessment of need for a representative payee.
Behavioral: Benefits Management
Money-management intervention consisting of brief advice on budgeting, assessment of ability to follow a budget, and assessment of need for a representative payee.
Active Comparator: Illness Management and Recovery Behavioral: Illness Management and Recovery
Recovery Oriented Training in Biopsychosocial Model of Stress and How to Cope with Stress


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Has received treatment for a psychiatric disorder within 60 days of enrollment
  • Receives SSI or SSDI payments totaling at least $600 per month
  • Has an identified outpatient clinician
  • Either i) Homeless within the past 3 months. Homeless is defined as having spent at least seven days in a shelter, outdoors (e.g. in a park, in a car), in a public or abandoned building (e.g. train station), or temporarily (less than a continuous month) housed by family or friends OR ii) Hospitalized within the past 3 months

Justification for Inclusion Criteria: Homelessness and hospitalization are common reasons for payee assignment (Conrad, Matters et al. 1998). In a prior study, we found that a high proportion of hospitalized inpatients meet criteria for needing a payee (Rosen, Rosenheck et al. 2002a). There is no point enrolling clinically stable outpatients in this study because they are unlikely to need payees.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Already has a conservator or representative payee
  • An application to assign a payee or conservator has been initiated
  • Unable to speak and understand English
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01329393

United States, Connecticut
Institute of Living
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06102
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Principal Investigator: Marc I. Rosen, M.D. Yale University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Yale University Identifier: NCT01329393     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R34MH083894 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: February 2, 2011
Last Updated: July 16, 2014

Keywords provided by Yale University:
Social Security
Representative Payee

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Bipolar and Related Disorders processed this record on May 22, 2017