FROM: Bureau of Autism Services in Pennsylvania (Department of Human Services/ODP)
AUDIENCE: Adult Autism Waiver providers of Residential Habilitation services and all other interested parties.
PURPOSE: To communicate that the Federal SSI payment will increase beginning January 2017.
DISCUSSION: SSI is a Federal income supplement program that pays benefits to an adult or child with a disability and who has limited income and resources. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income and provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. The monthly maximum Federal SSI payment amounts increase with the cost-of-living increases that apply to Social Security benefits. The latest such increase, 0.3 percent, is effective January 2017. The monthly maximum Federal SSI amounts for 2017 are $735 for an eligible individual, $1,103 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $368 for an essential person. There is no anticipated increase in the State Supplementary Payment (SSP) for 2017.
Room and Board contracts should be adjusted accordingly.
For more specific information regarding SSI, review the U.S. Social Security Administration website located at the following hyperlink: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/SSI.html.