What is the Residential State Supplement Program (RSS)?
RSS is Ohio’s Optional State Supplementation program which provides financial assistance to adults with disabilities to help with accommodations, supervision, and personal care services in eligible living arrangements. Individuals use RSS, which supplements their income, to pay the monthly allowable fee (or “rent”) to eligible living arrangements, i.e., Class Two Residential Facilities or Adult Care Facilities.
The RSS non-financial eligibility criteria are:
OhioMHAS administers the RSS Program and reviews all applications. Once an RSS application has been reviewed, the individual’s information is forwarded to his/her local County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS) office for a financial eligibility determination. Eligible individuals may have:
*Please note that these figures are estimates and final financial eligibility is determined by the local CDJFS office.
Enrolled individuals may choose to live in Class Two Residential Facilities, or Adult Care Facilities, currently licensed by OhioMHAS and in good standing. Please follow the below links for listings of RSS-eligible living arrangements. Please note that facilities may choose not to accept residents enrolled in RSS, so confirm with the operator prior to selecting a living arrangement.
Adult Care Facilities (listed alphabetically and by county)
**Effective July 1, 2017, Residential Care Facilities (or Assisted Living) licensed by the Ohio Department of Health for seventeen (17) beds or more are no longer eligible living arrangements for RSS unless approved by OhioMHAS on an individual basis. Information about the RSS Eligible Living Arrangement Approval Procedure is available here.
Individuals may submit RSS applications, but often legal guardians, discharge planners, and case managers complete applications on behalf of interested individuals. Please complete the following forms and submit them via fax to 1-614-485-9747 or encrypted email to RSS@mha.ohio.gov:
Once an RSS application is received, all forms are reviewed to determine whether the non-financial eligibility criteria are met. Individuals who meet those criteria and are not currently residing in a nursing home will be contacted for a Level of Care (LOC) determination by the local Area Agency on Aging. Once the LOC is completed, OhioMHAS forwards the application to the local CDJFS office for the financial eligibility determination (including the monthly RSS benefit amount). Once OhioMHAS and the local CDJFS determine that all eligibility criteria have been met, the individual is then enrolled in RSS.
If you are checking the status of an RSS application or have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact Community Transitions via email at RSS@mha.ohio.gov or call 1-614-752-9316.
*There is currently a waiting list for RSS. Information about how new applications are being processed per the RSS Waiting List Policy is available here.
Once an individual enrolled in RSS, the initial RSS benefit should be received within one month after moving into the living arrangement. If a representative payee or legal guardian was listed on the program application, that individual or agency should receive the payment on the enrolled individual's behalf. Please note that the facility operator may not be the representative payee for RSS benefits.
The RSS benefit should be combined with the individual’s income to pay the allowable fee (or “rent”) to the living arrangement in the amount of $1,100 per month. The living arrangement must accept the monthly allowable fee as payment in full for accommodations, supervision, and personal care services. The operator may charge ancillary fees for additional services if those charges are listed in the Resident Agreement and agreed to by you or your legal guardian.
The Personal Needs Allowance for RSS individuals is $200 per month.
Please return all RSS funds to:
Ohio Department of Medicaid
Attention: Revenue Management
Columbus, OH 43218
If you have already redeemed the RSS payment, please make the return check payable to Ohio Treasurer of State/Josh Mandel. In the memo portion of the check, please write “RSS Return Payment” and include: