SSI State Supplementary Payments / Optional State Supplements
Overview of SSI State Supplementary Payments
These are monthly cash payments offered by the states to low income individuals or their care providers to supplement the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment. These are also referred to as State Supplementary Payments (SSP) or Optional State Supplements (OSS).
Pros & Cons:
Forty-four states currently provide additional cash benefits to supplement the federal SSI payment. The amount of these supplements often depends on the living situation on the individual. A person living independently will receive one amount; someone receiving home care receives a different amount, and a person in an assisted living residence a third amount. For example, in Colorado, the supplement for an individual living independently is $25 / month, for those receiving home care, it is $475 / month and individuals in adult foster care can receive up to $551 / month.
Unlike normal SSI checks, in some states, these supplemental payments go directly to the care provider or living facility.
Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living
State supplements to SSI benefits are often increased for those living in skilled nursing or assisted living residences.
Be Aware That:
Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia do not offer state SSI supplements.
Also Known As:
- State Supplementary Payments
- Optional State Supplements
- Supplemental Security Income State Supplements
- SSI Supplements
- Supplemental Assistance
Qualifications for SSI State Supplementary Payments
Eligibility for SSI state supplements is determined at the state level. However, most states use the same eligibility criteria as the federal program. Those states that set their own qualification have done so in both directions; some are more restrictive than the federal standard and others are less. You can find your state’s SSI supplement eligibility criteria by clicking the state links below.
Benefits of SSI State Supplementary Payments
The amount of the state supplements often depends on the living situation and care requirements of the individual. Person receiving home care or residing in an assisted living residence usually are eligible for a higher amount than those living independently. For example, the state of Colorado will offer $551 / month to individual in assisted living, $475 to those receiving home care but just $25 to those who can live independently.
Click on your state below to see your state’s SSI supplement amounts for this year.
How to Apply for SSI State Supplementary Payments
Application for SSI State Supplements is managed by the Federal Government in some states and by the state governments in other states.
Contact the federal government social security office for SSI state supplements in the following states:
|District of Columbia
Contact the state government social security office for SSI state supplements in the following states:
Page Reviewed / Updated - Aug. 2012