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MSA ASSISTANCE STANDARDS

ISSUE DATE: 09/2018

MFIP, DWP, SNAP, GA, GRH:
No provisions.

MSA:

MSA has assistance standards whose use depends upon the applicant or participant’s circumstances including:

The SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) upon which the client's SSI grant is based. See 0029.06.03 (Supplemental Security Income Program).

Whether a person is eligible for a home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver, including:

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Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI).

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Elderly Waiver (EW).

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Brain Injury (BI).

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Community Alternative Care for Chronically Ill Individuals (CAC).

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Developmental Disabilities (DD).

See the Minnesota Health Care Programs Eligibility Policy Manual for information on these programs. A person who is eligible for any HCBS waiver is considered to be living alone.

Whether a person meets county plan requirements for Housing Support placement (GRH plan) though not actually living in a Housing Support setting.

Whether a person is eligible for MSA Housing Assistance. See 0023.24 (MSA Housing Assistance). A person who is eligible for MSA Housing Assistance is always considered to be living alone. Apply the “living alone” assistance standard when determining eligibility.

A client's marital status.

A client's living arrangement.

Apply the living alone assistance standard if a person lives in their own residence without others.

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Are eligible for an HCBS waiver.

OR

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Meet county plan requirements for Housing Support placement.

OR

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Are eligible for MSA Housing Assistance.

OR

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Constitute a separate household from others who reside at that address. A separate household exists when a person:

-- Is subject to an individual written lease or rental agreement.

AND

-- Purchases, prepares and eats meals separately from others in the household.

AND

-- Has exclusive use of part of the residence (such as a bedroom).

A person who lives with others may or may not be receiving a reduced SSI benefit due to receiving In-kind Support and Maintenance (ISM).

A person who lives with others and receives SSI based on the $500 FBR (Federal Living Arrangement B) cannot be considered a separate household.


MSA COMMUNITY STANDARDS


The standard for MSA applicants and participants who live independently in the community is the total of the client's MSA assistance standard and any ongoing special needs allowances. See 0023 (Special Needs Payments). If a married couple lives together and both partners are applying and have an MSA basis of eligibility, combine their incomes to determine eligibility and benefit level. Use the highest appropriate standard.

A county may set its own standards at a higher level than the State Standards, but there is no State aid for the extra costs.

MSA MONTHLY ASSISTANCE STANDARDS

Person living alone

$811.00

Person living with others

$592.66

Married couple living alone

$1,216.00

Married couple living with others

$814.00

Married couple living alone (pre-1994)

$1,231.00

Married couple living with others (pre-1994).

$1,077.00


APPLY THE $811 LIVING ALONE STANDARD WHEN:

A single person receives SSI benefits based on the $750 FBR and lives alone.

A single person does NOT receive SSI solely due to excess income and lives alone.

A single person lives with others and is eligible for MA waivers, a GRH plan, MSA Housing Assistance, or is a separate household from others residing at that address.

A single person at the SSI $750 FBR due to a presidential disaster declaration and/or being homeless.

A married person lives with his or her ineligible spouse and receives SSI benefits based on the $750 FBR or does not receive SSI due to excess income.

A married person lives with an ineligible spouse and receives SSI benefits based on the $500 FBR and is eligible for MA Waivers, a GRH plan, or a shelter special need.


APPLY THE $592.66 LIVING WITH OTHERS STANDARD WHEN:

A person receives SSI benefits based on the $500 SSI FBR, and is not eligible for MA waivers, a GRH plan, or MSA Housing Assistance.

A person does NOT receive SSI solely due to excess income, and lives with others (including minor children but excluding spouse), and is NOT eligible for MA waivers, a GRH plan, or MSA Housing Assistance.

A person at the SSI $750 FBR and lives with others (including minor children). Do not apply this standard to a person living only with a spouse ineligible for MSA (see "Apply the $811 living alone standard when:" above.)

A married person lives with his or her ineligible spouse and receives SSI benefits based on the $500 FBR, and is NOT eligible for MA waivers, a GRH plan, or MSA Housing Assistance.


APPLY THE $1,216 (OR $1,231 PRE-1994) STANDARD FOR A MARRIED COUPLE LIVING TOGETHER WHEN:

Couple receives SSI based on the $1,125 FBR or is ineligible for SSI solely due to excess income and lives alone.

Couple receives SSI based on the $1,125 FBR or is ineligible for SSI solely due to excess income, lives with others, and one or both is eligible for MA Waivers, a GRH plan, or MSA Housing Assistance.

Couple at the SSI $1,125 FBR due to presidential disaster declaration and/or being homeless.


APPLY THE $814 (OR $1,077 PRE-1994) STANDARD FOR A MARRIED COUPLE LIVING WITH OTHERS WHEN:

Couple receives SSI benefits based on the $750 FBR.

Couple NOT receiving SSI solely due to excess income.


MSA FACILITIES STANDARD:


The assistance standard for people at the SSI $30 FBR (Federal Living Arrangement “D”) and living in facilities where personal needs are not otherwise provided, OR some children who are blind, is the personal needs allowance - $99. See 0020.24 (Personal Needs Allowance) for eligibility requirements.

A person hospitalized for illness may continue to receive their community standard established before being hospitalized if it is more than the personal needs allowance and if the person meets the conditions of temporary absence in 0014.09 (Assistance Units - Temporary Absence).

MSA clients who are residents of a licensed residential facility are NOT eligible for any special needs allowances EXCEPT for representative payee services. See 0023.21 (Representative Payee Services).

NOTE:
Clients in a Minnesota Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund (CCDTF) facility are NOT eligible for MSA.

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