University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy

National Research and Training Center (NRTC)

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Financial Education for Persons in Recovery

The curriculum, Financial Education for Persons in Recovery, was designed to help people with serious mental illnesses acquire financial management skills to promote their economic wellness. Comprised of three sections: 1) facilitator’s notes; 2) a curriculum with six classroom sessions; and 3) homework assignments, it was part of a Center project to help people in mental health recovery build assets and economic wellness. This curriculum is no longer available.

Please visit these web sites for free or low-cost financial education and financial wellness resources:

1. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
This free online financial education class offers important information, fun activities, and quizzes to build financial literacy. You must register to take this interactive class, but it is free.
http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html

2. The National Disability Institute (NDI)
This web site provides list of resources to help individuals with disabilities and their families nationwide increase income production, save money, and build assets.
https://www.realeconomicimpact.org/Resources/Links.aspx

3. My Money.Gov
This U.S. government website is dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education, including free information, tips, and games.
http://www.mymoney.gov/Pages/default.aspx

4. New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
This workbook offers individuals in recovery practical information, worksheets, and testimonials on economic self sufficiency. It provides practitioners with tools to support others in developing their readiness, creating an individualized plan of action, and reinforcing their financial skills. It is $8 for people in recovery, and $17 for practitioners.
http://pros.nyaprs.org/category/pros-services/benefits-and-financial-management/

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