Research on the effects of the elimination of SSI drug addiction and alcoholism eligibility

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.The problem of changing addictive behaviors is a pressing one. It is unknown whether removing income supports for alcoholics and addicts will convince them to stop abusive drinking and drug-taking, repair family relations, and seek work in traditional settings to earn a minimal income. This project involves five waves of data collection to discern health, substance abuse, housing, and other statuses of beneficiaries. Baseline data will be collected before January 1, when the DA&A program terminates, then every 6 months. Data analysis will focus on comparing groups of subjects and by modeling the interrelations among the status variables. A sample of 122 beneficiaries will be drawn randomly from each of three California counties--one with a very high rate of DA&A cases, one with a moderately high rate, and one with a low rate. Differences between groups by county will be examined, along with differences among groups differing as to the type of aid they eventually obtain or fail to obtain. Also, subjects will be clustered using status information from the first wave of data collection. Some of the expected group differences are that one county may support subjects at a higher level of income and provide more services than the other, thereby promoting recovery and assisting more subjects to earn their own incomes. Findings about how recipients adapt to the new situation will be disseminated through the policy research literature and to local officials, professional groups, and governments participating and/or interested in the study.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $344,203.00

Awarded on: 3/31/1997

Time frame: 4/1/1997 - 10/31/2000

Grant Number: 31596


Public Health Institute

555 12th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, 94607-4046


Richard Speiglman
Project Director