RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


DPW Policy on SSI One-Time Stimulus Payment
May 29, 2009

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) issued a Statement of Policy in the May 30 Pennsylvania Bulletin regarding the one-time stimulus payment of $250 for individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or Veterans’ Administration benefits as directed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Effective immediately upon publication, this statement that the definition of “SSI maximum rate” does not include the ARRA one-time $250 payment applies to 55 PA Code, Chapter 6200, Room and Board Charges, of the Mental Retardation Manual. The notice also states, “…individuals residing within community residential homes licensed under Chapters 3800, 5310, 6400, and 6500 may keep the $250 stimulus check for their own use. County mental health and mental retardation administrators, supports coordination organization directors, administrative entity administrators or directors, and providers of community mental retardation residential services under Chapters 3800, 5310, 6400, and 6500 should not use the stimulus check payment to calculate an individual’s room and board charges.” View the complete statement on the Pennsylvania Bulletin web site (http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol39/39-22/985.html).


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