State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2009


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

No recipients.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration: State Department of Social Services under the Virginia Auxiliary Grant Program.

Effective date: July 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Code of Virginia Annotated 63.2-800.


Administration: 80 percent state funds; 20 percent local funds.

Assistance: 80 percent state funds; 20 percent local funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.

Place of application: Local departments of social services; state supervised.

Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to every needy aged, blind, and disabled person who lives in an assisted living facility (domiciliary institution) or in an approved adult foster care home and who is eligible for SSI benefits or would be eligible except for excess income. Children under age 18 are not eligible for optional supplementation.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI regulations apply. In addition, when applicable, a disregard for income allotted to the support of children or spouse at home is allowed.

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. The federal SSI payment and any countable income are deducted from the state standard. The remainder is the state supplementation.

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
Assisted living facility a
Planning District 8 1,360.00 2,720.00 686.00 1,709.00
All other areas 1,193.00 2,386.00 519.00 1,375.00
Adult foster care b
Planning District 8 1,360.00 2,720.00 686.00 1,709.00
All other areas 1,193.00 2,386.00 519.00 1,375.00
SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs; state information.
NOTE: Planning District 8 includes the counties of Arlington, Loudon, Prince William, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park, and the city of Alexandria.
a. Includes a personal needs allowance of $81 and a 15 percent differential in Planning District 8.
b. Administered in localities whose local boards have opted to provide this service; includes a personal needs allowance of $81.
Assisted living facility.
Must be licensed. Four or more persons receive care.
Adult foster care.
A foster care arrangement with no more than three persons but usually only one person. No license required, but approval by local department of social services is required.

Number of recipients: See Table 2.

Table 2. Number of persons receiving optional state supplementation, January 2009
Living arrangement Total Aged Blind Disabled
All recipients 5,425 2,236 10 3,179
Assisted living facility 5,411 2,233 10 3,168
Adult foster care 14 3 0 11
SOURCE: State information based on average monthly caseload for fiscal year 2008.

Total expenditures: The state reported expenditures of $29,003,523 for calendar year 2008 in state-administered payments to SSI recipients.

State Assistance for Special Needs

State does not provide assistance for special needs.



Criteria: State guidelines.

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.