Representative payeeship and mental illness: A review

Daniel J. Luchins, David L. Roberts, Patricia Hanrahan

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Representative Payeeship (RP) is intended to help individuals who are unable to manage disability payments appropriately to meet their basic living needs. This paper reviews the literature on whether RP is effective among individuals with mental disorders. We also review RP's mental health effects and its use as leverage in achieving behavioral goals. RP appears to be effective in helping clients meet their basic living needs; it also may decrease hospitalization and improve treatment compliance. Finally, we propose a research design to disentangle the role of clinical leverage from the more basic moneymanagement function of RP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-353
Number of pages13
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Housing
  • Mental disorders
  • Money management
  • Representative payee
  • Social security income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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