Hi, I am not a caregiver but a schizophrenic who was stabilized starting last year. When I was first treated I was encouraged to work right away but failed miserably and was then told I could work and don’t need disability. I spent months unemployed and without Ssi. I got tired of sitting at home and began looking for many community programs for the mentally ill like support groups, therapy, case management, and am now applying for day treatment and clubhouse. I think these are good ways to transition into higher functioning abilities, give structure, and recover, At support group we talked about coping skills and I met friends who were also serious about recovery. If you think your loved one could use additional support, this is a place to start.