State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2010


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

No recipients.

Optional State Supplementation

Administration:State Department of Children and Families.

Effective date: January 1, 1974.

Statutory basis for payment: Florida Statutes, chapter 409.212.


Administration: State funds.

Assistance: State funds.

Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.

Place of application: Local offices of the state Department of Children and Families.

Scope of coverage: Under the community care programs, an optional state supplement is provided to all aged, blind, or disabled persons who either receive SSI payments or have been grandfathered because they meet all SSI criteria except for income. Income may not exceed $752.40.

Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.

Income exclusions: Federal SSI regulations apply.

Recoveries, liens, and assignments: Amount of public assistance received after August 31, 1967, creates a debt against the estate of the aged, blind, or disabled recipient. The state can file a claim after death. Homestead is exempt if it passes to a qualified heir. Claims are filed against the estate of individuals who received Medicaid on or after their 55th birthday. Florida does not seek recovery if there is a surviving spouse, minor child, or blind or disabled child.

Financial responsibility of relatives: None.

Interim assistance: State participates.

Payment calculation method: The recipient's gross monthly countable income is subtracted from the sum of the standard provider rate and the personal needs allowance. The difference, up to $78.40, is the state optional payment amount.

Payment levels: See Table 1.

Table 1. Optional state supplementation payment levels, January 2010 (in dollars)
Living arrangement Combined federal and state State supplementation
Individual Couple Individual Couple
Community care programs  
Adult family care home a 752.40 b 78.40 b
Assisted living facility 752.40 b 78.40 b
Medicaid facility c 35.00 70.00 5.00 10.00
SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs; state information.
a. Payments include $54 personal needs allowance. Recipients who lose SSI eligibility because of Social Security (Title II) benefit increases may continue to be eligible for state supplementation if they reside in a specific living arrangement and have income below income limits.
b. Couples are treated as two individuals the month after leaving an independent living arrangement.
c. Community providers enrolled to provide assistive care services can receive an additional payment from Medicaid recipients residing in their facilities.
Adult family care home.
Serves up to five persons aged 18 or older, providing housing, food, and personal services.
Assisted living facility.
Serves four or more persons aged 18 or older, providing housing, food, and personal services.
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 2010
Living arrangement Total Aged Blind Disabled
All recipients 13,348 5,296 13 8,039
Community care programs
Adult family care home 262 52 0 210
Assisted living facility 7,871 2,970 5 4,896
Medicaid facility 5,215 2,274 8 2,933
SOURCE: State information.
NOTE: Includes some non-SSI recipients who meet state eligibility criteria, but do not meet federal SSI eligibility guidelines.

Total expenditures1: The state reported expenditures of $7,630,951.17 for calendar year 2009 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 does not obtain this information.


1 Includes payments made to some non-SSI recipients who meet state eligibility criteria, but do not meet federal SSI eligibility guidelines.