Section 4: Access, utilization, and cost of services
4.6. Has the number and percentage of people receiving SSI for a mental disorder changed over time?
From 1988 to 2001, the total number of people receiving SSI rose more than two and one-half times, from about 1.7 million to 4.3 million. During the same period, the number of SSI recipients with mental disorders more than tripled from 411,800 in 1988 to 1.5 million in 2001. About one in four SSI recipients (24.5%) had a mental disorder in 1988, increasing to 35.4% by the year 2001.
The number and percentage of SSI recipients with mental disorders has increased from 1988 to 2001.
Figure 26: Number of SSI recipients with mental disorders vs. other diagnoses
Source: Social Security Bulletins (multiple years), Table 7.F.1
Surveys: Social Security Program Administration Data