What is the Residential State Supplement Program (RSS)?
RSS is Ohio’s Optional State Supplementation program which provides financial assistance to adults who have increased needs due to a disability that is not severe enough to require long term care in an institution, such as a nursing home or hospital. Individuals use RSS, which supplements their income, to pay the monthly allowable fee (or “rent”) for accommodations, supervision, and personal care services at eligible living arrangements in the community.
Eligible applicants should be:
OhioMHAS administers the RSS Program and reviews all new applications. Once the application has been reviewed and the Level of Care determination completed, the individual’s information is forwarded to his/her local County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS) office for a financial eligibility determination. Once the CDJFS office determines that the applicant’s income is within limits, the applicant is then enrolled in the RSS Program.
*Please note that these figures are estimates and final financial eligibility is determined by the local CDJFS office.
Enrolled consumers may choose to live in Adult Care Facilities (including Adult Family and Group Homes) or Adult Foster Homes currently licensed by OhioMHAS. They may also choose to live in Residential Care Facilities or Assisted Living licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Please follow the below links for listings of RSS-eligible living arrangements for new applicants and individuals currently enrolled in the program.
*Please note the listed community residences may choose not to accept residents who receive RSS benefits. Please confirm with the home operator prior to selecting a living arrangement.
Individuals may submit RSS applications, but frequently legal guardians, discharge planners, and case managers submit applications on behalf of interested consumers. Please complete the following forms and submit all requested documents via fax to 1-614-485-9747:
Once a complete RSS application is submitted, all forms are reviewed to determine whether the non-financial eligibility criteria are met. The Housing Resource Administrator typically reviews all completed applications and responds within 5 business days. Qualifying applications are then forwarded to the local CDJFS office for determination of financial eligibility, including the benefit amount. Once OhioMHAS and the local CDJFS determine that the eligibility criteria have been met, the individual is then enrolled in the RSS Program.
If you are checking the status of an RSS application or have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact the Bureau of Housing Resources and Recovery Supports via email or call 1-855-777-6364.
Once the enrollment process has been completed, the initial RSS benefit should be received within one month after moving into the eligible 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 consumer’s behalf. A third-party payee is needed for RSS only if those services are utilized for the individual’s Social Security, SSI and/or SSDI benefits. Please note that the home operator should not be listed as the individual’s representative payee for RSS benefits. If you or your representative payee/legal guardian do not receive your RSS benefit as expected, please contact your local CDJFS office directly.
*Please note that this list includes, but is not limited to those items stated.