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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility is determined on a month by month basis. If you or your loved ones receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect eligibility for SSI benefits and Medicaid.

In order to receive DDD services, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) must have Medicaid*. Many individuals with IDD become Medicaid eligible when they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Medicaid begins automatically when a person with IDD is approved for SSI. Families often have questions about the SSI income and asset requirements. A family's understanding these requirements is very important because failure to properly report income and assets for a person with IDD can prevent the individual from becoming eligible for SSI, and can also result in termination of SSI benefits that were previously received. 

*Occasionally, individuals with IDD qualify for an exception to DDD's Medicaid requirement. This exception is referred to by DDD personnel as "Non-DAC". For further information on "Non-DAC" status, please see the Non-DAC fact sheet.


1/30/24 How Parents’ Social Security Benefits Impact Their Adult Child with IDD

9/22/22 Potholes on the Road to Getting SSI

10/19/21 The Basics of SSI and Medicaid - Presented at the invitation of CAPE Resource Center in Bergen County.

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