New York State Supplement Program (SSP)
SSP provides state-funded financial assistance to aged, blind and disabled individuals and is part of the monthly benefit paid to most Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
- Applying for SSP
- You must submit an application for federal SSI benefits to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- SSP Eligibility
- Eligibility is based on a number of factors, including age, disability, income, citizenship or qualified alien status.
- SSP Benefits
- Monthly benefit amounts vary depending on a variety of factors.
- SSP Payment Schedule
- Scheduled Availability of Benefits: April 2016 – September 2016.
- Reporting Changes to Your Case
- You must report changes that may impact your benefits.
- How to Get Proof of Your NYS SSP Benefits
- If SSP recipients, their payees and authorized representatives need proof of their benefits they may request a verification letter.
Applying for SSP
You must submit an application for federal SSI benefits to the Social Security Administration (SSA). This serves as your application for SSP benefits. SSA shares this information with New York State, who will determine your eligibility for SSP benefits.
There is no online SSI Application. Please schedule an appointment with a local Social Security office to file an application.
- Social Security Office Locator; or
- Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm.
For more information on how to apply for SSI benefits, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.
You are eligible for SSP benefits if you:
- Are an adult who is age 65 or older; or are blind or disabled; or are a child under the age of 18 who has a physical or mental impairment; and
- Reside in New York State; and
- Have limited income and resources; and
- Are a citizen or a qualified alien, or otherwise meet citizenship requirements.
Monthly benefit amounts vary depending on a variety of factors including:
- living arrangements,
- income; and
- county of residence.
View Maximum Monthly Benefit Amounts by Year:
How You Receive Benefits
If you receive both SSI and SSP benefits, you will receive your SSP benefits the same way you chose to receive your SSI benefit.
If you receive SSP benefits but do not receive SSI benefits, you can choose how to receive your benefits. We strongly encourage you to receive benefits through direct deposit, which is safe, fast and convenient.
If you currently have a representative payee for your SSI benefits, that person will also manage your SSP benefits. If you want to change your representative payee, you must contact SSA. If you receive SSP but do not receive SSI benefits, you can assign or change a payee by calling SSP at 1-855-488-0541.
If you are eligible for SSP, you will automatically be eligible for Medicaid.
Reporting Changes to Your Case
You must report changes that may impact your benefits.
Change Reporting for Recipients of SSI and SSP:
Recipients who receive federal SSI payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA) should notify SSA of any change to their case in accordance with SSA program rules. SSA can be reached by calling 1-800-772-1213, or by contacting your local Social Security Office.
SSA electronically notifies the NYS Supplement Program on a daily basis of any changes in SSI cases EXCEPT changes in the State living arrangement are not made to SSI records by SSA and SSA does not provide this information to SSP. SSI recipients who have a change in their State living arrangement (SLA), including changes in who lives in the household, MUST report this change directly to SSP within 10 days of the change. A change in State living arrangement may be reported by calling the SSP Customer Support Center at 1-855-488-0541 or by completing a SSP Living Arrangement form. More information on how to obtain a Living Arrangement Form can be found below. Recipients who receive SSP benefits, but do not receive SSI benefits, must report changes within 10 days directly to the SSP Customer Support Center by calling 1-855-488-0541 or by completing the appropriate form, as listed below.
NOTE: If you receive Social Security Retirement, Survivor’s, or Disability payments and also receive SSP benefits, SSA does not share your federal benefit information or any changes, including address or living arrangement, with SSP and you must report changes directly to SSP.
Examples of changes that must be reported include, but are not limited, to:
- Residence and/or mailing address changes;
- Changes in living arrangement, including changes to who lives in your household;
- Marriage, divorce, or separation;
- Income or employment changes; and
- Banking information changes.
Complete and send the following forms to tell us about changes to your:
- Living Arrangements - State Living Arrangement Form
- Bank Information - Direct Deposit Enrollment Form
- Income - Income Verification Form
- Marital Status - Marital Status Change Form
- Designated Representative – Designated Representative Form
Congregate Care facility representatives should report changes, including admissions, discharges, direct deposit bank account information, and income on behalf of residents using the following form:
- Congregate Care - Congregate Care Change Report Form
Where to Return Forms
Completed forms may be mailed to:
NYS OTDA State Supplement Program
PO Box 1740
Albany, NY 12201
Or may be faxed to: 518-486-3459.
Scanned forms may be emailed to: email@example.com
How to Get Proof of Your NYS SSP Benefits
New York State Supplement Program (SSP) recipients, their payees and authorized representatives can request an SSP Benefit Verification letter in any of the following ways:
- By calling the SSP Customer Support Center toll free at 1-855-488-0541
- By emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By faxing us at 518-486-3459
- By writing us at:
State Supplement Program
PO Box 1740
Albany, New York 12201
When emailing, faxing or writing, please include the following information:
- Last four numbers of your Social Security Number
- Date of Birth
- Mailing Address
The SSP Benefit Verification letter provides information on current SSP benefits. Information on SSP benefits issued prior to October 1, 2014 must be requested by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213.
Benefit Verification letters are mailed directly to the recipient and/or representative’s address.
Please allow at least 10 business days for the Benefit Verification letter to be received.