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340:15-1-4. State Supplemental Payment plan (SSP)

Revised 9-16-19

The SSP plan for aged, blind, or disabled persons encompasses the requirements listed in (1) through (11) of this Section.

(1) State-wide operation. The SSP plan is a state-administered program in effect in all Oklahoma counties.

(2) Financing. The State of Oklahoma provides all funding for the SSP Program.

(3) Single-state agency. The SSP Program is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services DHS Adult and Family Services, in county offices throughout the state.

(4) Fair hearings. An SSP applicant or recipient adversely affected by a DHS decision is provided an opportunity for a fair hearing, per Section 183 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes (56 O.S § 168). Adverse effects may include, when the applicant or recipient:

(A) is denied benefits or the application is not acted upon within 30-calendar days for persons categorically related to Aid to the Aged, or 60-calendar days for persons categorically related to Aid to the Blind or Disabled;

(B) disagrees with the approved payment amount; or

(C) disagrees with any action taken regarding his or her payment.

(5) Proper and efficient administration. DHS operates under the State Merit System that establishes and maintains personnel standards on a merit basis for certain state agencies, including DHS, per 56 O.S § 26.17.

(6) Safeguarding information. Per 56 O.S § 183 and Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:1-1-20 and 340:65-1-2, DHS restricts the use or disclosure of information concerning SSP applicants and recipients to purposes directly connected with SSP program administration.

(7) Right to apply. A person has the right to:

(A) apply for SSP and any other benefit he or she chooses;

(B) expect an investigation of eligibility; and

(C) expect a decision regarding the SSP application within 30-calendar days for persons categorically related to Aid to the Aged or 60-calendar days for persons categorically related to Aid to the Blind or Disabled.

(8) Assistance under only one program. An eligible person's needs may be included in only one cash assistance benefit, either SSP or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

(9) Standards for determining eligibility and payment amount. Refer to OAC 340 Chapters 15 and 65 for SSP eligibility determination rules and DHS Appendix C-1, Maximum Income, Resource, and Payment Standards for SSP payment amounts.

(A) SSP standards are based on the mandatory "Pass-Along Provision" of Section 1618 of the Social Security Act (Section 1382g of Title 42 of the United States Code) that requires states to pass along cost of living adjustments (COLA) in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. DHS adjusts individual payment amounts during the calendar year, as needed, to maintain total SSP expenditures for SSP in a calendar year at the same level as the total expenditures in the previous year.

(B) Maximum income and resource standards for persons who are aged, blind, or disabled are based on the federal benefit rates (FBR) shown on DHS Appendix C-1, Schedule VIII.

(i) Countable income for SSP must be less than 100 percent of the FBR, plus the maximum SSP amount.

(ii) Countable income must be equal to, or less than 300 percent of the FBR for certain persons who, since December, 1973:

(I) were approved for care and continuously living in a licensed Title XIX nursing care facility, intermediate care facility (ICF), or ICF for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID);

(II) have continuously received Home and Community‑Based Waiver Services for the intellectually disabled; or

(III) were 65 years of age and older and have continuously resided in a mental hospital.

(iii) Countable income for deeming income to a minor child who is blind or disabled must be less than 100 percent of the FBR.

(iv) Maximum resources must be equal to, or less than 100 percent, of the SSI resource standards.

(10) Income and resources. The SSP purpose is to supplement a person's income.  • 1 DHS, in determining need for an aged, blind, or disabled person, considers the person's available income and resources, per OAC 317:35-5-41 and 317:35-5-42, and federal and state law.

(A) To determine income eligibility at application, the worker calculates the person's actual earned and unearned income received or expected to be received during the application month and compares it to the maximum income standard, per DHS Appendix C-1, Schedule VIII.A.

(B) When the person receives SSI, the worker only verifies changes in income and resources that occurred since the Social Security Administration (SSA) verified the person's income and resources:  • 2

(i) at SSI approval;

(ii) at the most recent SSI review; or

(iii) when questionable information is received indicating the person has income or resources not considered by SSA.

(C) The first $500 of monthly earned income is disregarded for blind persons in addition to the usual earned income disregards described at OAC 317:35-5-42(d)(1), per 7 O.S. § 15.

(11) Civil rights. The SSP Program is administered in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

INSTRUCTIONS TO STAFF 340:15-1-4

Revised 9-16-19

1. A person is not eligible for a State Supplemental Payment (SSP) when he or she:

(1) has no income; or

(2) is ineligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a reason other than income. Refer to Oklahoma Administrative Code 340:15-1-5 Instructions to Staff # 1 for examples.

2. When a person applies or renews eligibility for SSP, the worker documents the income and resources reported by the applicant in the Family Assistance/Client Services case notes. The worker gives or sends Form 08AD092E, Client Contact and Information Request, to the client, to request income and resource verification, when the:

(1) client's reported income is not reflected on the SDX screen or the amount shown on SDX is less than the income reported to the worker;

(2) client reports resources acquired since the most recent SSI review or that appears to be above the resource standard, per Oklahoma Department of Human Services Appendix C-1, Maximum Income, Resource, and Payment Standards, Schedule VIII.D; or

(3) worker receives information indicating the client has unreported income or resources.

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