Social Security is publishing a request for comments on a plan for a research study on early intervention as a way of reducing disability caused by mental illness. The agency cites earlier research showing "promising" results from early intervention. Here's what the earlier research actually says:
Eight percent of the study participants showed average earnings over the 24-month study period that exceeded the current level of SGA [Substantial Gainful Activity, the level of earnings that would cause loss of benefits]. Beneficiaries in the treatment group did not experience an increase in work that SSA considers SGA when compared to participants in the control group. Neither did participants in the treatment group experience a reduction in benefit payments when compared to participants in the control group.If that's "promising", what would unpromising results look like? I really wish that something like this would work but it won't. The people who receive Social Security disability benefits due to mental illness are so badly impaired that very few of them will ever return to regular employment no matter what anyone does.