State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2004


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

No recipients.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: State Department of Social Services.

Effective date: July 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Code of Virginia Annotated 63.1-106, 63.1-124, and 63.1-25.1.


Administration: 80 percent state funds; 20 percent local funds.

Assistance: 80 percent state funds; 20 percent local funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.

Place of application: Local offices of the state Department of Social Services.

Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to every needy aged, blind, and disabled person who lives in an assisted living facility (domiciliary institution) or in an approved adult family care home and who is eligible for SSI benefits or would be eligible except for excess income. Children are not eligible for optional supplementation.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI regulations apply. In addition, when applicable, a disregard for income allotted to the support of children or spouse at home is allowed.

Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.

Financial responsibility of relatives: None.

Interim assistance: State participates.

Payment levels: See Table 1.

Table 1. Optional state supplementation payment levels, January 2004 (in dollars)
Living arrangement Combined federal
and state
State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Assisted living facility a
Planning District 8 1,028.00 2,038.00 464.00 1,192.00
All other areas 905.00 1,794.00 341.00 948.00
Adult family care home b
Planning District 8 740.00 1,471.00 176.00 625.00
All other areas 654.00 1,299.00 90.00 453.00
NOTE: Planning District 8 includes the counties of Arlington, Loudon, Prince William, Fairfax, and the city of Alexandria.
a. Represents the maximum allowance; lower amounts may be paid depending on the cost of the facility. Includes a personal needs allowance of $57 and a 15 percent differential in Planning District 8.
b. Administered in localities whose local boards have opted to provide this service; includes a personal needs allowance of $57.
Assisted living facility
Must be licensed. Four or more persons receive care.
Adult family care home
A foster care arrangement with no more than three persons but usually only one person. No license required, but approval by local department of social services is required.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2001
Living arrangement Total Aged Blind Disabled
All recipients 6,705 a 2,908 18 3,739
Assisted living facility 6,677 a 2,899 15 3,723
Adult family care home 28 9 3 16
NOTE: Data are for 2001. The state did not provide data for 2004.
a. Includes 40 recipients not distributed by eligibility category.

State Assistance for Special Needs

State does not provide assistance for special needs.



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.