State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2004

 

Delaware

State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration administers payments to recipients living in an adult residential care facility; the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Social Services, administers payments to recipients living independently. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Social Services, determines eligibility for special adult residential care supplement.

Effective date: January 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Delaware Code, title 31, section 505.

Funding

Administration: State funds.

Assistance: State funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.

Place of application: Social Security Administration.

Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to all aged, blind, and disabled adults who are SSI recipients, or would be except for income, and are certified by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services as living in an approved adult residential care facility. The state makes payments to individuals who become ineligible for SSI because they receive Social Security disability payments and are not yet eligible for Medicaid. Children under age 18 are not eligible for supplementation but may receive benefits and services under the child welfare program.

Resource limitations: None.

Income exclusions: All income is excluded.

Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.

Financial responsibility of relatives: None.

Interim assistance: State does not participate.

Payment levels: See Table 1.

Table 1. Optional state supplementation payment levels, January 2004 (in dollars)
Living arrangement State
code
Combined federal
and state
State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Certified adult residential care facility A 704.00 1,294.00 140.00 448.00
Living independently a . . . 569.00 . . . 5.00 . . .
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
a. State administers payments.
DEFINITIONS:
A: Certified adult residential care facility
Includes recipients who are certified by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services as residents of an adult residential care home.
Living independently
Includes recipients who live in their own household.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2004
Living arrangement State
code
Total Aged Blind Disabled
Adults Children
All recipients 797 50 0 717 30 a
Certified adult residential care facility A 600 50 0 520 30
Living independently . . . 197 0 0 197 0
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
a. Benefits received under child welfare program.

State Assistance for Special Needs

Administration

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Social Services.

Special Needs Circumstances

State provides cash assistance for specific emergencies on a one-time basis.

Medicaid

Eligibility

Criteria: SSI program guidelines (Title XVI).

Determined by: Social Security Administration.

Medically Needy Program

State does not provide a program for the medically needy.

Unpaid Medical Expenses

The Social Security Administration obtains this information.