Benefits Management for People With Psychiatric Disabilities

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified April 2011 by Yale University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
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Yale University Identifier:
First received: February 2, 2011
Last updated: April 1, 2011
Last verified: April 2011

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
Mentally Ill Chemical Abuse
Bipolar Disorder
Behavioral: Benefits Management
Behavioral: Illness Management and Recovery
Phase 1

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

Resource links provided by NLM:

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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    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.

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: August 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated 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
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01329393

Contact: Karen Ablondi, MPH 2039747294
Contact: Karen Ablondi 2039747294

United States, Connecticut
Institute of Living Recruiting
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06102
Contact: Karen Ablondi, MPH    203-974-7294   
Principal Investigator: Charles Wilber, M.Ed.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Principal Investigator: Marc I. Rosen, M.D. Yale University
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Marc I. Rosen, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT01329393     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R34MH083894
Study First Received: February 2, 2011
Last Updated: April 1, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Yale University:
Social Security
Representative Payee

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Affective Disorders, Psychotic
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features processed this record on April 15, 2014