State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2010


State Supplementation

Mandatory Minimum Supplementation

No recipients.

Optional State Supplementation

The state does not provide optional supplementation.

Interim assistance: State participates.

State Assistance for Special Needs


State Department of Human Services, Seniors, and People with Disabilities.

Special Needs Circumstances

Community-based care: Eligible for payment for room and board during the month of admission at the initial placement. Room and board payments may be paid to the community-based facility during the temporary absence.

Special diet: An ongoing payment for a special diet will be allowed if need has been established by a physician and the recipient would be in an imminent life-threatening situation without the diet.

Restaurant meals: Ongoing payments to recipients living in their own home who are unable to prepare their own meals.

Laundry allowances: Recipients are eligible for an ongoing laundry allowance if they have excessive costs for coin-operated laundry facilities.

Telephone allowances: Telephone allowances may be provided when the recipient is unable to leave their residence without assistance due to a documented medical condition.

Food for guide dogs and special assistive animals: Payment for food will be made for trained guide dogs or special assistive animals.

Home repairs: The repairs must be needed to remove a physical hazard to the health and safety of the recipient.

Property taxes: Recipients who are homeowners or homebuyers are allowed a special need of one year of delinquent real property taxes, penalties, and interest if needed to prevent imminent foreclosure.

Moving costs: The Department will authorize payment for the cost of moving a recipient's household effects if moving is essential to provide nonhazardous housing, the recipient has been evicted for reasons other than his or her own neglect, or the move is a result of domestic violence.

Accommodation allowance: A temporary accommodation allowance may be authorized when the recipient leaves his or her home or rental property and enters a hospital, state psychiatric institution, nursing facility, or community-based care facility. Additionally, a recipient may receive an accommodation allowance if the recipient's shelter cost exceeds the shelter standard and the recipient has a documented increase in costs.

Prescription co-pay coverage: An individual who pays $10 or more per month for prescription co-pays may qualify for this payment.

Transportation services: An individual who incurs a cost for transportation services that are not covered by another source (such as their medical insurance or waived service plans) may qualify for this payment. These payments are for transportation services to non-medical activities. Transportation services do not include purchase of vehicle, vehicle maintenance or repair, reimbursement for travel expenses or mileage, or transportation services that may be obtained through other means. The maximum payment is $25 per month.

Spousal facility allowance: Spouses who each receive SSI and services in a community-based care facility are eligible for a payment that equals the difference between the OSIPM standard for a one-person need group and the individual's total countable income. If one spouse has income above the OSIPM standard, the excess income is applied to the other spouse's countable income.



Criteria: SSI program guidelines (Title XVI).

Determined by: State.

Medically Needy Program

State does not provide a program for the medically needy.

Unpaid Medical Expenses

The Social Security Administration does not obtain this information.