State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2002


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration.

Effective date: January 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Hawaii Revised Statutes, section 346-53(C)(1) and (2).


Administration: State funds.

Assistance: State funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.

Place of application: Social Security Administration field offices.

Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to SSI recipients, including children, except those who are:

Payment amounts for eligible children in domiciliary care are determined on an individual basis. Recipients in medical facilities who are eligible for federal payments under section 1611(e)(1)(E) receive state optional supplementation (code A payment level) for up to 2 months.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI resource limitations apply.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI income exclusions apply.

Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.

Responsibility of relatives: None.

Interim assistance: State participates.

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 independently A 549.90 825.80 4.90 8.80
Living in a domiciliary care facility, Level I (1 to 5  residents) H 1,066.90 2,133.80 521.90 1,316.80
Living in a domiciliary care facility, Level II (6 or more residents) I 1,174.90 2,349.80 629.90 1,532.80
A: Living independently
Includes recipients living in their own households, in halfway houses (i.e., private nonmedical facilities with which the state has purchase or services agreements for the short-term care of certain needy individuals), or in private medical facilities certified under SSI but where SSI does not pay more than 50 percent of the cost of care. Includes recipients in medical facilities who are in a federal Code A living arrangement on the basis of their eligibility under section 1611(e)(1)(E). Also includes blind or disabled children under age 18 living in their parents' household.
H and I: Living in a domiciliary care facility
Includes recipients (including children) living in a private, nonmedical facility (established and maintained for the purpose of providing personal care and services to aged, infirm, or handicapped persons) and certified by the state. Level I is licensed by the state for fewer than six residents, and Level II is licensed for six or more residents.

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 19,680 6,340 170 11,530 1,640
Living independently A 17,590 5,880 160 9,930 1,620
Domiciliary care facility, Level I (1 to 5 residents) H 1,980 390 10 1,560 20
Domiciliary care facility, Level II (6 or more residents) I 110 70 0 40 0

State Assistance for Special Needs


Department of Human Services.

Special Needs Circumstances

Housing and utility deposit: One-time payment made to SSI recipients with total monthly income under $418.

Repair or replacement of stove or refrigerator: Payments made to SSI recipients with total monthly income under $418.

Emergency assistance due to natural disaster: Payments made to SSI recipients with total monthly income under $418.

Special care payments: Payments of $100 monthly are provided to SSI recipients residing in domiciliary care home who have been certified for an intermediate care facility (ICF) or skilled nursing facility but have not been placed in one because of a lack of bed space. In addition to meeting other requirements, these recipients must be wheelchair bound, incontinent, or in need of non-oral medication.



Criteria: State guidelines.

Determined by: State.

Medically Needy Program

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

Unpaid Medical Expenses

The Social Security Administration does not obtain this information.