State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2004


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

No recipients.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration.

Effective date: January 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Vermont Statutes Annotated, title 33, chapter 13, Aid to Aged, Blind, and Disabled.


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 all SSI-eligible aged, blind, and disabled individuals, including children.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI regulations apply.

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 State
Combined federal
and state
State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Living independently A and B 616.04 944.88 52.04 98.88
Assistive community care, Level III C 612.38 942.77 48.38 96.77
Living in the household of another E 415.30 612.31 39.30 48.31
Residential care home, Level IV G 787.94 1,408.06 223.94 562.06
Custodial care family home H 662.69 1,178.82 98.69 332.82
Medicaid facility I 47.66 95.33 17.66 35.33
Living independently with an essential person a . . . 944.88 1,149.69 98.88 21.69
Living in the household of another with an ineligible spouse who is an essential person a . . . 616.04 . . . 52.04 . . .
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
a. State administers payments.
A and B: Living independently
Includes eligible recipients who are not in any other state living arrangement. Includes children who are living with parents, recipients residing in private Title XIX facilities where Medicaid is not paying more than 50 percent of the cost of care, and recipients residing in publicly operated emergency shelters throughout a month.
C: Assistive community care, Level III
Includes any individual who resides in a Level III residential care home that is certified by the Department of Aging and Independent Living to provide assistive community care services.
E: Living in the household of another
Includes recipients residing in a federal Code B living arrangement who are not otherwise exempted from state supplementation.
G: Residential care home, Level IV
Includes recipients living in Level IV community homes identified by the state.
H: Custodial care family home
Includes recipients who reside in a federal Code A living arrangement, live in another's home, pay room and board, and receive one or more custodial services. Custodial care includes providing basic room and board, plus such services as help with feeding, dressing, bathing, moving under normal circumstances, and occasional tray service and supervision for the recipients' protection. To qualify as a home under this arrangement, these services must be provided by a resident of the home and cannot be provided to more than two persons in the home. Custodial care or supervision provided by a spouse is not included under this arrangement.
I: Medicaid facility
Includes recipients residing in a federal Code D living arrangement.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2004
Living arrangement State
Total Aged Blind Disabled
Adults Children
All recipients 12,890 1,070 140 9,570 2,110
Living independently A and B 11,160 920 120 8,230 1,890
Assistive community care, Level III C 290 80 0 210 0
Living in the household of another E 160 10 0 120 30
Residential care home, Level IV G 190 30 0 150 10
Custodial care family home H 1,000 20 20 790 170
Medicaid facility I 90 10 0 70 10
Living independently with an essential person . . . 0 0 0 0 0
Living in the household of another with an ineligible spouse who is an essential person . . . 0 0 0 0 0
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.

State Assistance for Special Needs


Agency of Human Services, Department of Prevention, Assistance, Transition, and Health Access.

Special Needs Circumstances

Emergency assistance is provided, under certain conditions, for court-ordered evictions, natural disasters (e.g., fire, flood, or hurricane), emergency medical care, funeral costs, and emergency fuel needs.



Criteria: SSI program guidelines (Title XVI).

Determined by: Social Security Administration.

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.