State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2009


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

No recipients.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: Social Security Administration.

Effective date: July 1, 1978.

Statutory basis for payment: Appropriation Act for the Department of Workforce Services, 1978/1979.


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 SSI recipients, including children, who are living alone or with others.

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 calculation method: A standard applies that is established by the state for the total SSI payment.

Payment levels: See Table 1.

Table 1. Optional state supplementation payment levels, January 2009 (in dollars)
Living arrangement State code Combined federal and state State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Living alone or with others A 674.00 1,015.60 . . . 4.60
Living in the household of another B 452.47 683.73 3.13 9.73
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
A: Living alone or with others.
Includes recipients residing in a federal Code A living arrangement.
B: Living in the household of another.
Includes recipients residing in a federal Code B living arrangement.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2009
Living arrangement State code Total Aged Blind Disabled
Adults Children
All recipients   2,120 472 16 1,338 294
Living alone or with others A 780 297 8 475 0
Living in the household of another B 1,340 175 8 863 294
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record, 100 percent data.

Total expenditures: The Social Security Administration reported expenditures of $63,000 for calendar year 2008 in federally 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: State.

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.