126.Supplemental Security Income Benefits

126.1What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program administered by SSA. The SSI program was established to provide cash assistance to individuals who:

  1. Have limited income and resources;

  2. Are age 65 or older;

  3. Are blind; or

  4. Are disabled.

Disability and blind children are also included in the SSI program.

126.2Who receives SSI payments?

SSI checks (see 123) or direct deposits (see 122) are paid either directly to the eligible person or to a representative payee (see Chapter 16) if the person is incapable of managing benefits. Chapter 21 explains the SSI program in more detail.

Last Revised: Apr. 3, 2008