State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2011
Mandatory Minimum Supplementation
Administration: Social Security Administration.
Optional State Supplementation
Administration: Social Security Administration. State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance administers an additional $25 payment to some SSI recipients in nursing homes and $5 to recipients in all other medical facilities. The payment is called a State Supplemental Personal Needs Allowance.
Effective date: January 1, 1974.
Statutory basis for payment: New York State Social Services Law, section 207-212.
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 all SSI recipients, including children, except those living in publicly operated residences having more than 16 residents, in publicly operated emergency shelters, or in medical facilities where Medicaid pays less than 50 percent of the cost of care. Congregate care is provided in a nonmedical setting. Supplementation for congregate care varies according to geographic area. Children are eligible for optional state supplementation at the congregate care Level 1 and Level 2 rates and the living-with-others rate. Children must be placed in facilities certified by the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, or the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Resource limitations: Federal SSI regulations apply.
Income exclusions: Federal SSI regulations apply.
Recoveries, liens, and assignments: None.
Financial responsibility of relatives: Spouse for spouse; parent or stepparent for minor child.
Interim assistance: State participates.
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.
|Living arrangement||State code||Combined federal and state||State supplementation|
|Living with others||B||697.00||1,057.00||23.00||46.00|
|Congregate care facility, Level 1 a||C|
|Congregate care facility, Level 2 b||D|
|Congregate care facility, Level 3 c||E|
|Living in the household of another||F||472.34||720.00||23.00||46.00|
|Medical facility, publicly operated residential facility, and public emergency shelter||Z||30.00||60.00||d||d|
|SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs.|
|NOTE: Payment levels differ by geographic area for congregate care Levels 1 and 2. Area A is New York City and Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties; Area B is all other counties.|
|a. The minimum personal needs allowance is $130.|
|b. The minimum personal needs allowance is $150.|
|c. The minimum personal needs allowance is $178.|
|d. Recipients living in a nursing home licensed by the Department of Health receive a State Supplemental Personal Needs Allowance (SS/PNA) of $25, and recipients in all other medical facilities receive an SS/PNA of $25. The payments are issued by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.|
Number of recipients: See Table 2.
|Living arrangement||State code||Total||Aged||Blind||Disabled|
|Living with others||B||246,620||18,619||756||125,096||102,149|
|Congregate care facility, Level 1||C||3,371||109||21||2,733||508|
|Congregate care facility, Level 2||D||26,513||375||141||23,316||2,681|
|Congregate care facility, Level 3||E||12,763||3,928||37||8,740||58|
|Living in the household of another||F||25,817||8,122||112||13,085||4,498|
|Medical facility, publicly operated residential facility, and public emergency shelter||Z||22||1||1||20||0|
|SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record, 100 percent data.|
Total expenditures: The Social Security Administration reported expenditures of $621,835,000 for calendar year 2010 in federally administered payments to SSI recipients.
State Assistance for Special Needs
State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (only in cases of emergency).
Special Needs Circumstances
Energy assistance: An emergency assistance grant can be provided to eligible SSI recipients to safeguard health, safety, and welfare.
Shelter-related expenses: Moving expenses, brokers' fees, security deposits, storage fees, maintenance of home during hospitalization, establishment of a home when deinstitutionalized.
Replacement of basic needs items: Replacement of furniture, clothing, food, fuel, etc., lost as a result of fire, flood, or other catastrophe.
Repair or replacement of major appliances: Repair or replacement of essential household equipment, including heating and plumbing equipment, and major appliances.
Food for guide dog: A recurring assistance grant is provided to unemployed blind or deaf SSI recipients for the purchase of food for a guide dog.
Other circumstances: Payments for goods and services already received; chattel mortgages and conditional sales contracts; replacement of lost, stolen, or mismanaged cash; replacement of SSI checks that are lost, stolen, or not received (subject to recoupment).
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.