Goal 11: Improve the economic security of persons with mental illness by increasing utilization of disability-related benefits, including SSI/SSDI and Medicaid.
Performance Target: By July 2014, there will be a measurable increase in the number of persons who receive assistance in applying for benefits.
Tactical Objective 11.1: Establish a 2012 baseline for the number of persons who received assistance in completing SSI/SSDI applications.
Tactical Objective 11.3: Develop a community partnership to develop, pilot, and implement a plan to improve access to application assistance.
Progress on Target and Objectives: The Continuum of Care Action Team is working to establish a community collaborative to share information and develop a “guided referral” process. A small group of representatives has met twice to begin the discussion regarding who should participate on this Benefits Advocacy Work Group and how to proceed toward this goal. The group is trying to recruit more participants appropriate to the charge. A meeting is scheduled for June 20.
(Update provided by Peg DuBord)