SSI recipients in THP-Plus

Q: I understand that youth who meet the eligibility requirements for both extended foster care and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be eligible to receive both at the same time, but that there are offsetting rules. However, what about for former foster youth participating in THP-Plus? Are there offsetting rules, or can those youth receive their full SSI payment regardless of THP-Plus participation?

A: No, there are no off-setting rules for youth receiving SSI in THP-Plus. Because youth participating in THP-Plus are not current foster youth, there are no foster care benefits. Youth in THP-Plus who are SSI recipients can receive their full SSI payment, regardless of their being in a THP-Plus program.

As you mentioned, this is different for non-minor dependents: youth who meet the eligibility requirements for both extended foster care and SSI may be eligible to receive both at the same time, but for federally-eligible youth, the SSI payments are offset dollar-for-dollar by the amount of federal foster care benefits, and for non-federally-eligible foster youth, the state foster care payment is offset dollar-by-dollar by the amount of SSI benefits.

Citation:

  • Administration for Children and Families, Child Welfare Policy Manual, Section 8.4D, Question 1
  • Welfare & Institutions Code § 13754 et seq.; All County Letter 11-69
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One thought on “SSI recipients in THP-Plus

  1. Beverly Butler says:

    While your response is correct for THP-Plus, it is not correct for extended foster care. SSDI payments are not treated the same as SSI benefits in extended foster care. SSDI payments are issued based on the earner (the youth or in some cases their parent) having 40 qualifying quarters of work history. SSDI payments are used to offset the foster care grant regardless of federal or nonfederal eligibility. The Social Security Administration does not offset SSDI payments due to someone receiving public assistance, including foster care.

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