Local program helping those with mental disabilities find jobs part of national study

Family & Children's Center program

A local nonprofit focusing on improving area families is the focus of a national mental health study.

The Family and Children’s Center’s Individual Placement and Support program will be one focus in a study on how employment and mental health services reduce the need for Social Security Disability benefits. The study will look at adults between 18 and 50 years old who are denied Social Security Disability benefits.

Family and Children’s Center leaders say the study will help make positive changes to their service programs.

“We’re thrilled to be chosen to be part of this study for the exact reasons you just said, where it could be policy-changing and life-changing for individuals that we’re trying to help, so we’re thrilled,” said Family and Children’s Center President & CEO Tita Yutuc.

The study is funded by the Social Security Administration and will be conducted through Dartmouth College. Study organizers will be working with other programs across the country as well.