State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2009


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

Administration: State Department of Human Services.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: State Department of Human Services. Payments are made under the Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled program.

Effective date: January 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, Article XXV.


Administration: State funds.

Assistance: State funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining total expenditures.

Place of application: Local offices of the state Department of Human Services or physicians' offices.

Scope of coverage: Optional supplement provided to all needy aged, blind, and disabled persons, including children, living in an independent living arrangement.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply. In addition, the value of original Indian allotments, land purchased from allotment proceeds, and land purchased from funds granted to the Indian in lieu of original allotment, provided the land is held in trust for the Indian and is held by the original allottee, is disregarded. Prepaid funeral contracts are also disregarded when the recipient has signed an irrevocable contract up to $7,500.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI earned income exclusions used. No unearned income is excluded.

Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.

Financial responsibility of relatives: None.

Interim assistance: State does not participate.

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.

Table 1. Optional state supplementation payment levels, January 2009 (in dollars)
Living arrangement Combined federal and state State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Living independently 720.00 1,103.00 46.00 92.00
SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs; state information.
Living independently.
Includes recipients residing in federal Codes A, B, and C living arrangements with the exception of those residing in nursing homes or hospitals.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2009
Living arrangement Total Aged Blind Disabled
Adults Children
Living independently 64,817 10,801 338 43,840 9,838
SOURCE: State information.

Total expenditures: The state reported expenditures of $38,863,322 for calendar year 2008 in state-administered payments to SSI recipients, and $3,827,048 for passalong purposes.

State Assistance for Special Needs

State does not provide assistance for special needs.



Criteria: State guidelines.

Determined by: State.

Medically Needy Program

State does not have a medically needy program.

Unpaid Medical Expenses

The Social Security Administration does not obtain this information.