Self-employment is an alternative to wage employment and an opportunity to increase labor force participation by people with psychiatric disabilities. Self-employment refers to individuals who work for themselves, either as an unincorporated sole proprietor or through ownership of a business. Advantages of self-employment for people with psychiatric disabilities, who may have disrupted educational and employment histories, include opportunities for self-care, additional earning, and career choice. Self-employment ﬁts within a recovery paradigm because of the value placed on individual preferences, and the role of resilience and perseverance in business ownership. Self-employment creates many new US jobs, but remains only a small percentage of employment closures for people with psychiatric disabilities, despite vocational rehabilitation and Social Security disability policies that encourage it. This commentary elucidates the positive aspects of self-employment in the context of employment challenges experienced by individuals with psychiatric disabilities and provides recommendations based on larger trends in entrepre- neurship. Introduction: the Option of Self-Employment Individuals with psychiatric disabilities are one of the largest disability-based Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneﬁciary groups. A psychiatric disability is deﬁned as having received mental health services, disability beneﬁts, and/ or workplace accommodations for a psychiatric diagnosis or
The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research – Springer Journals
Published: May 29, 2018
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