State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2011
Mandatory Minimum Supplementation
Administration: Social Security Administration.
Optional State Supplementation
Administration: State Department of Aging and Department of Jobs and Family Services (state-administered through local area agencies on aging).
Effective date: July 15, 1982.
Statutory basis for payment: Ohio Revised Code 173.35.
Administration: State funds.
Assistance: State funds.
Passalong method: Maintaining payment levels.
Place of application: Passport agencies.
Scope of coverage: Optional state supplement provided to all aged, blind, and disabled recipients residing in the specified living arrangements. Eligibility is also extended to persons who are not SSI recipients. Children under age 18 are not eligible for supplementation.
Resource limitations: Countable resources may not exceed $1,500 for an individual and $2,250 for a couple. Household goods and personal effects are excluded. One automobile may also be excluded if it meets the following conditions:
- Specially equipped for a disabled person,
- Used for employment,
- Used for medical transportation, or
- Has an equity value not exceeding $4,500 (excess above $4,500 is a countable resource).
Additional exclusions include one burial plot, irrevocable burial contracts (revocable burial contracts are not excluded), and life insurance policies with a total face value of $1,500 or less (if more, the cash surrender value is a countable resource).
Income exclusions: Cost-of-living increases for SSI recipients after July 15, 1982, are disregarded. Earned income exclusions apply. Effective January 1, 2009, the disregard is $381 for an individual and $572 for a couple.
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.
|Living arrangement||Combined federal and state||State supplementation|
|Adult family or foster home||1,180.00||2,170.00||506.00||1,159.00|
|Adult community mental health housing||980.00||1,770.00||306.00||759.00|
|Adult community alternative home||1,180.00||2,170.00||506.00||1,159.00|
|Adult group home||1,280.00||2,370.00||606.00||1,359.00|
|Residential care facility||1,280.00||2,370.00||606.00||1,359.00|
|Adult residential care facility||1,180.00||2,170.00||506.00||1,159.00|
|SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Office of Income Security Programs; state information.|
|NOTE: Includes a personal needs allowance of $50 per individual, $100 per couple.|
Number of recipients: See Table 2.
|Living arrangement||Total a||Aged b||Blind||Disabled|
|Adult family home||326||82||--||--|
|Adult foster home||48||22||--||--|
|Adult community mental health housing||0||0||0||0|
|Adult community alternative home||0||0||0||0|
|Adult group home||743||194||--||--|
|Residential or adult residential care facility||358||105||--||--|
|SOURCE: State information.|
|NOTE: -- = not available.|
|a. Includes 1,072 recipients not distributed by living arrangement and eligibility category.|
|b. Includes recipients aged 60 years and older.|
Total expenditures: The state reported expenditures of $8,608,844 for calendar year 2010 in state-administered payments to SSI recipients.
State Assistance for Special Needs
State does not provide assistance for special needs unless the recipient is eligible for Medicaid.
Criteria: State guidelines.
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.