Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Research & Data Analysis Division

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Arrests Among Working-Age Disabled Clients

The Role of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

This report examines arrest outcomes among clients who receive medical coverage through the state's Medicaid Disabled or General Assistance Unemployable (GA-U) programs. These clients are known as "working age disabled" because they are non-elderly adults who have been formally assessed to qualify for DSHS medical coverage due to a short- or long-term disability. We find that arrests are concentrated among clients with indications of alcohol or other drug problems and that treatment significantly reduces the risk of arrest among these clients.