State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2005
Mandatory Minimum Supplementation
Optional State Supplementation
Administration: Local county offices of the state Welfare and Human Services Agencies (state-supervised). Payments are made under the Minnesota Supplemental Aid Program.
Effective date: April 1, 1974.
Statutory basis for payment: Minnesota Statutes Annotated, sections 256D.33-256D.54 and 256I.01-256I.06.
Administration: County funds; except state expenses, which are state-funded.
Assistance: State funds.
Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.
Place of application: County Welfare and Human Services Agencies.
Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to SSI recipients, including blind children under the age of 18 and disabled adult children, residing in the specified living arrangements.
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.
|Living arrangement||Combined federal and state||State supplementation|
|Entitlement prior to January 1, 1994||640.00||995.00||61.00||126.00|
|Entitlement January 1, 1994, or later||640.00||960.00||61.00||91.00|
|Living in the household of another|
|Entitlement prior to January 1, 1994||477.00||905.00||91.00||325.66|
|Entitlement January 1, 1994, or later||477.00||642.00||91.00||62.66|
|Nonmedical, group residential facility a||1,153.36||b||574.36||b|
|NOTE: Minnesota Supplemental Aid Program excludes the first $20 of the SSI payment.|
|a. Includes $76 a month for clothing and personal needs.|
|b. Couples are treated as two individuals starting with the month after leaving an independent living arrangement.|
Number of recipients: See Table 2.
|Living in the household of another||--||--||--||--|
|Nonmedical, group residential facility||--||--||--||--|
|NOTE: -- = not available.|
State Assistance for Special Needs
Local county offices of the state Welfare and Human Services Agencies (state-supervised).
Special Needs Circumstances
Amounts of assistance for items not covered by the mandatory state standards are determined on the basis of need in each case.
Diets: Specified modified diets, when prescribed by a physician, are allowed at designated rate.
Guardianship fees: Five percent of gross monthly income (including SSI) up to a maximum of $100 per month.
Representative payee services: Ten percent of gross monthly income, up to a maximum of $25, for services provided by an agency that meets the requirements under SSI regulations to charge a fee for payee services.
Emergency aid: Available once a year for specified needs.
Housing and major repairs: Catastrophic situations for homeowners who live in their homes, rent deposits, and moving expenses.
Furniture and appliances: Necessary repairs and replacements.
Shelter needy provision: A supplemental payment, equal to the maximum Food Stamp allotment for an individual, for participants in the Minnesota Supplemental Aid Program relocating from an institution into the community if their shelter costs exceed 40 percent of their income. Recipients of the shelter needy special need must apply for subsidized housing.
Criteria: State guidelines.
Determined by: Local county offices of the state Welfare and Human Services Agencies (state-supervised).
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.