State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2005
Mandatory Minimum Supplementation
Administration: State Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services and Division of Services for the Blind (state-supervised and county-administered).
Optional State Supplementation
Administration: State Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services and Division of Services for the Blind (state-supervised and county-administered). Payments are made under the State/County Special Assistance for Adults program.
Effective date: January 1, 1974.
Statutory basis for payment: General Statutes of North Carolina 108A.40 through 108A.47 and chapter 111 and chapter 143B-139.5.
Administration: 100 percent county funds.
Assistance: 50 percent state funds; 50 percent county funds.
Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.
Place of application: County offices of the state Department of Social Services.
Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to all aged, blind, and disabled adults living in adult care homes. Children under age 18 are not eligible for optional supplementation.
Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.
All categories: A $20 exemption applies to any income, including SSI, with the exception of income received as a Veterans Administration (VA) pension payment or a VA compensation payment to the surviving parent of a veteran.
Aged and disabled: Federal SSI regulations apply.
Blind: For earned income, exclude the first $85 plus one-half of the remainder.
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|
|Adult care home|
|Basic (aged, blind, and disabled) a||1,130.00||b||551.00||b|
|Disenfranchised (aged and disabled)||1,137.00||b||558.00||b|
|Blind, pending SSI eligibility c|
|Not paying shelter and utilities||. . .||. . .||97.00||194.00 d|
|Paying shelter and utilities||. . .||. . .||146.00||243.00 e|
|NOTE: . . . = not applicable.|
|a. An additional $20 income exclusion is allowed. In addition, a $46 personal needs allowance is included in the optional supplementation.|
|b. Couples residing in these living arrangements are treated as individuals.|
|c. This is a temporary supplement paid until SSI eligibility is determined. This is for people who are currently in a private living arrangement.|
|d. If only one member of the couple is blind, payment level is $146.|
|e. If only one member of the couple is blind, payment level is $219.|
Number of recipients: See Table 2.
|Adult care home|
|NOTE: Includes certain grandfathered, non-SSI recipients who meet state eligibility criteria.|
State Assistance for Special Needs
State does not provide assistance for special 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.