State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2008
Mandatory Minimum Supplementation
Administration: Social Security Administration.
Optional State Supplementation
Administration: State Department of Human Resources, Family Investment Administration and, in some instances, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mental Hygiene Administration.
Effective date: July 1, 1974.
Statutory basis for payment: Annotated Code of Maryland, article 88A, section 3(a), 5, effective January 1, 1974, and Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations 07.03.07.
Administration: State funds.
Assistance: State funds.
Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.
Place of application: Local offices of the county social services agencies.
Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to all aged, blind, and disabled individuals living in a care home or in an assisted living facility and who are eligible for payments under the SSI program or who would be eligible except for income. Children are not eligible for optional supplementation.
Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.
Income exclusions: Excludes $20 of any unearned income, including SSI.
Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.
Financial responsibility of relatives: Spouse for spouse.
Interim assistance: State participates.
Payment calculation method: The state supplementation is added to the federal payment. Countable income is deducted first from the federal payment. Any income that remains to be counted after the federal payment has been reduced to zero is then deducted from the state supplementary payment.
Payment levels: See Table 1.
|Living arrangement||Combined federal and state||State supplementation|
|Moderate supervision b||812.00||a||175.00||a|
|Extensive supervision b||1,100.00||a||463.00||a|
|Specialized and intensive supervision b||1,303.00||a||666.00||a|
|Assisted living facility b||821.00||a||184.00||a|
|SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs; state information.|
|a. The state supplementation rate for individuals applies to each member of a couple.|
|b. Includes an $82 personal needs allowance.|
Number of recipients: See Table 2.
|Specialized and intensive supervision||--||--||--||--|
|Assisted living facility||441||--||--||--|
|SOURCE: State information.|
|NOTE: -- = not available.|
Total expenditures: The state reported expenditures of $566,050 for calendar year 2007 in state-administered payments to SSI recipients.
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 obtains this information.