State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2002

District of Columbia

State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration and District of Columbia Department of Human Services, Income Maintenance Administration.

Effective date: January 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: District of Columbia Laws 2-35, as amended, and 3-23.


Administration: District of Columbia funds.

Assistance: District of Columbia funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining total expenditures.

Place of application: District of Columbia Department of Human Services, individual service providers for adult foster care home eligibility; Social Security Administration field offices for payment eligibility.

Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to persons residing in adult foster care homes who are eligible for SSI payments or would be eligible except for income. No statutory minimum age requirements for receiving adult foster care supplementation, but children receive assistance through child welfare services provisions.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI resource limitations apply.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI income exclusions apply.

Recoveries, liens, and assignments: Only in cases in which liens were assigned prior to the establishment of the SSI program.

Responsibility of relatives: None.

Interim assistance: District does not participate.

Payment levels: See Table 1.

Table 1. Optional state supplementation payment levels (in dollars)
Living arrangement State code Combined federal
and state
State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Living in an adult foster care home (50 beds or less) A 852.00 1,704.00 307.00 887.00
Living in an adult foster care home (over 50 beds) B 962.00 1,924.00 417.00 1,107.00
Living in a Medicaid facility G 70.00 140.00 40.00 80.00
A and B: Living in an adult foster care home
Includes recipients who are certified by the District of Columbia Department of Health or the Commission on Mental Health Services as residents of an adult foster care home.
G: Living in a Medicaid facility
Includes recipients residing in federal Code D living arrangement.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2002
Living arrangement State code Total Aged Blind Disabled
Adults Children
All recipients 1,680 170 20 1,420 70
Living in an adult foster care home (50 beds or less) A 690 60 0 630 0
Living in an adult foster care home (over 50 beds) B 30 0 10 20 0
Living in a Medicaid facility G 960 110 10 770 70

State Assistance for Special Needs

District does not provide assistance for special needs.



Criteria: SSI program guidelines (Title XVI).

Determined by: Social Security Administration.

Medically Needy Program

District provides a program for the aged, blind, and disabled medically needy.

Unpaid Medical Expenses

The Social Security Administration obtains this information.