What is a State Supplement Program? 

The State Supplement Program is exactly as it sounds for Supplemental Security Income recipients. It offers a small, additional supplemental to monthly SSI payments and it does differ by state. Washington and Idaho have different payout amounts.

If you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there’s a very good chance you could qualify for additional support at the state level. One of these options is known as the State Supplement Program (SSP) and in Washington the program is state-funded. 

Who is Eligible for SSP in Washington?

State law says you are eligible if you meet certain disability or age requirements. Chiefly, if you’re deemed of age, disabled or blind under SSI guidelines, you’ll probably qualify for the additional SSP benefit

Who is Eligible for SSP in Idaho?

It’s worth noting that the SSP program is administered at the state level in Idaho. The state follows similar federal eligibility rules.

What is the SSP Benefit Amount in Washington? 

As of 2019, the monthly payment was $40.

What is the SSP Benefit Amount in Idaho?

The monthly payment amount is a maximum of $53 for individuals and couples living independently.

How You Can Apply for SSP

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has closed new enrollment into their SSP program unless the applicant is already a Developmental Disabilities Agency (DDA) client and falls under their SSP Pre-Vocational Legacy (PVL) program. The state site highlights a strict list of requirements that must be met in order to qualify. 

In Idaho, the application process is currently unclear. It would be worth calling the state Social Security office to learn if the benefit is currently open for enrollment. 

Nationally, the SSP benefit will automatically stop if the applicant no longer meets the state’s criteria. The applicant must continue to update and report any changes in a living situation. If an applicant no longer qualifies for SSI, they’ll automatically no longer qualify for SSP. 

If you’re having issues applying for or receiving your SSP benefit, it may be time to contact a qualified Social Security claims attorney. The team at Schott Law understands how complex the Social Security system is and can be an excellent resource to help get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at (509) 328-5789 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.