Overview of Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally-administered means-tested program available to individuals who are aged, blind or disabled who meet specific eligibility criteria. Having replaced individual state programs in 1974, SSI is intended to provide a basic level of income and health care to assist a recipient in meeting the basic needs for food and shelter. The SSI program, administered by the Social Security Administration, contains a vast system of rules and regulations concerning categorical, financial and disability eligibility. This session will provide an organized, thematic view of this complex and important social program.