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SSI State Supplement - California

 

Image of the California State flag.  The current California State Flag, adopted by the state legislature in 1911, is based on the original Bear Flag raised by pioneering Americans over Sonoma in 1846. Most of the flag's field is white, with a small band of red running horizontally along the bottom.  The upper, white portion features a single red star, which may have come from the 'Lone Star' on the flag of the Republic of Texas. There is also a Grizzly Bear, representative of the numerous Grizzly Bears in the state and symbolizing courage. The words 'California Republic', placed beneath the bear and star in black letters, testify to the fiesty American pioneers who settled in the territory.California provides State Supplements to Federal SSI benefit payments for residents in one of the living arrangements specified in the table below.

 

General Information

The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division provided the data shown in the table. Contact your local SSA Claims Representative for further details about eligibility and benefit levels. See the topic "Contacting the Social Security Administration" to find out how to get information or help from SSA.

Notes about specific items, if any, display as colored letters within brackets in the table. Their explanation directly follows the table. You may click on these colored letters within the table to jump immediately to the explanations. Use the Back button in the Help window to return to your place in the table. If additional information is available, it follows after any notes.

Unless otherwise stated, payment levels apply equally to people who are aged, people with blindness, and people with disabilities. Benefit amounts are usually adjusted annually, and become effective January 1st. The table shows monthly payment levels for calendar year 2010.

If you are using this version of WorkWORLD after January 1, 2011, you should contact your SSA Claims Representative for the updated numbers. You may also be able to find updated information on the SSA website at:
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11125.html

Definitions for specific Living Arrangement terms are provided below the table. Click on the term to go to the definition.

Payment Levels

 

State Supplementation

Combined Federal/State

Code

Living Arrangement [a]

Individual

Couple

Individual

Couple

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Independent living
with cooking facilities
:

 

 

 

 

 

Aged and disabled

$171.00

$396.20

$845.00

$1,407.00

 

Blind [b]

234.00

543.20

908.00

1,554.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Non-medical out-of-home care [d]

412.00

1,161.00

1,086.00

2,172.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Independent living without cooking facilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Aged and disabled

255.00

564.20

929.00

1,575.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Living in household of another:

 

 

 

 

 

Aged and disabled

190.32

401.33

639.66

1,075.33

 

Blind [c]

268.98

548.33

718.32

1,222.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Disabled minor in home of parent, guardian, or relative by marriage

63.40

N/A

737.40

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

Non-Medical Out-of-Home Care, living in the household of another

407.00

1,045.66

856.34

1,719.66

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

Disabled minor in the household of another

67.96

N/A

517.30

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

J

Medicaid facility

20.00

40.00

50.00

100.00

Notes

[a] Blind individuals aged 65 or older are entitled to the highest payment category for which they qualify.

[b] Payment standard for a couple where only one member is blind is $1,498.20.

[c] Payment standard for a couple where only one member is blind is $1,166.33.

[d] Amounts are double for SSI/SSP couples, as they are treated as two individuals.

Living Arrangement Definitions

A Living independently with cooking facilities - Includes recipients who:

1) live in their own household and have cooking and food storage facilities, or are provided meals as part of the living arrangement;

2) are patients in private medical facilities licensed by the State but not certified under SSI;

3) are blind children under age 18 who live with parents; or

4) are blind and live independently with or without cooking and food storage facilities.

B Non-medical out-of-home care (NMOHC) - Includes adult recipients who are in a federal code A living arrangement and who receive care and supervision while residing either in the home of a relative, legal guardian, or conservator or in a State licensed NMOHC facility. Includes children who are:

1) blind and residing in a State licensed NMOHC facility;

2) blind and residing in the home of a relative who is not his/her parent or legal guardian or conservator;

3) disabled and residing in a state licensed NMOHC facility;

4) disabled and residing in the home of a legal guardian or conservator who is not his or her relative;

5) disabled and residing in the home of a relative who is not his or her parent;

6) blind or disabled and residing in a "certified family home."

C Living independent without cooking facilities - Includes aged or disabled recipients or couples who are not provided meals and do not have access to adequate cooking and food storage facilities as part of their living arrangements.

D Living in the household of another - Includes recipients residing in a federal Code B living arrangement who do not qualify for any other State arrangement.

E Disabled minor in home of parent - Includes disabled children under age 18 who reside with a parent.

F- Non-Medical Out-of-Home Care, living in the household of another - Includes recipients who meet the State criteria for non-medical out-of-home care payments and are in a federal Code B living arrangement.

G Disabled minor in the household of another Includes disabled children under age 18 who reside with a parent but are in a federal Code B living arrangement.

J Medicaid facility Includes recipients in federal Code D living arrangement. Also includes recipients in medical facilities who are in a federal code A living arrangement based on their eligibility under Section 1611(e)(1)(E).

Additional Information

NOTE: See SSI State Supplement Guide to Terms for definitions of each of the below categories.

Scope of Coverage

California provides an Optional State Supplement to the Federal SSI program to every aged, blind, and disabled SSI recipient, including children.

Recoveries, Liens, and Assignments

None.

Relative Responsibility

None.

Income Disregards

No disregards in addition to the Federal income disregards.

Resource Limitations

Federal SSI resource limitations apply.

Place of Application

Social Security Administration field offices.

Source

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) In California, SSA Publication No. 05-11125, [latest available edition], online at:
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11125.html


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