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Exceptional Expense Supplement for Members of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Wisconsin

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This program is administered by the Department of Health Services and county agencies and provides a monthly cash benefit to eligible SSI members.

What are SSI-E benefits?

A monthly cash benefit of up to $95.99 is added to the State SSI payment of each SSI member who meets the program requirements and is certified for the benefit by a county agency.

Who is eligible for SSI-E benefits?

  1. SSI members whose expenses are greater than the SSI-E payment level ($889.77 in 2013) and live in one of the following licensed or certified facilities:
    • Foster home for children
    • Group home for children
    • Licensed or Certified adult family/foster home
    • CBRF of 20 beds or less
    • Certified Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC)

    or

  2. SSI members who live in their own household or another's household who pay their share of household expenses and who need at least 40 hours of primary long-term support services each month.

How do SSI members apply for SSI-E?

SSI members who wish to apply for SSI-E should contact their county department of social or human services to request an assessment for SSI-E.  The county agency will provide or arrange for an assessment and determine whether the SSI member meets the SSI-E eligibility criteria.

Applicants will be informed in writing of the agency's decision.  Approved applications will be forwarded by the county agency to the DHS State SSI Program and the applicant's State SSI payment will be increased.

Members have the right to appeal any action that reduces or terminates their benefits. Requests for hearings should be sent to:

  • Division of Hearings and Appeals
    P.O. Box 7875
    Madison, WI 53707-7875

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Last Revised: August 14, 2014