State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2005

New Jersey

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: New Jersey Statutes Annotated, 44:7-86.


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 aged, blind, and disabled recipients, including children, except those in publicly operated community residences or facilities where Medicaid pays less than 50 percent of the cost of care. Supplementation provided to recipients in approved residential facilities.

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 2005 (in dollars)
Living arrangement State code Combined federal and state State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Congregate care facility a A 729.05 1,439.36 150.05 570.36
Living alone or with others B 610.25 894.36 31.25 25.36
Living alone with an ineligible spouse C 894.36 . . . 315.36 . . .
Living with an essential person C 894.36 . . . 25.36 . . .
Living in the household of another D 430.31 672.43 44.31 93.09
Medicaid facility G 40.00 80.00 10.00 20.00
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
a. State supplement includes a $67.50 personal needs allowance per person per month.
A: Congregate care facility
Includes recipients in:
  • Residential heath care facilities, assisted-living residences, or comprehensive personal care homes licensed by the Department of Health.
  • Recipients in residential facilities for children and adults under the supervision of or placement by the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Division of Youth and Family Services and approved by the Department of Human Services.
B: Living alone or with others
Includes recipients residing in a federal Code A or C living arrangement who do not meet the definitions of other state living arrangements. Includes persons in:
  • The Transitional Residency Program when their placement is through the Division of Mental Health and Hospitals, Department of Human Services,
  • Room and board facilities licensed by the Department of Community Affairs, and
  • Persons in medical facilities who reside in a federal Code A living arrangement on the basis of their eligibility under section 1611(e)(1)(E) of the Social Security Act.
C: Living alone or with an ineligible spouse
  • Applies to recipients who live with their ineligible spouse only or with their ineligible spouse and foster children only.
  • Uses federal criteria. Recipient currently has an essential person living in the household and in December 1973 was receiving assistance under an approved state plan that covered the needs of an essential person.
D: Living in the household of another
Includes recipients residing in a federal Code B living arrangement.
G: 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 2005
Living arrangement State code Total Aged Blind Disabled
Adults Children
All recipients 146,720 a 32,732 883 85,540 27,564
Congregate care facility A 6,478 570 35 5,367 506
Living alone or with others B 112,852 21,800 666 66,184 24,202
Living alone with an ineligible spouse or essential person C 5,400 2,474 28 2,896 2
Living in the household of another D 18,141 7,076 131 8,572 2,362
Medicaid facility G 3,848 812 23 2,521 492
a. Includes one recipient not distributed by eligibility category or living arrangement.

State Assistance for Special Needs


State Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development.

Special Needs Circumstances

Emergency assistance for catastrophic events and burial and funeral payments. Eligibility for payments based on meeting requirements for mandatory minimum or optional state supplementary payments.



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 obtains this information.