Residential State Supplement ( RSS ) Program

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.

Am I Eligible for RSS?

 Eligible applicants should be:

  •  Age 18 or older
  •  Enrolled in Medicaid (not a waiver program);
  • Receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits; and
  • Either currently receiving treatment in a nursing home and planning for discharge or
  • Meet a Protective Level of Care (to be confirmed during the Level of Care [LOC] determination process).

What are the Financial Eligibility Criteria?

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.

  • Financial eligibility depends on the type of living arrangement selected by the applicant. 
  • Individuals who would like to live in an Adult Family or Adult Foster Home may have a monthly income up to $800*.
  • Individuals who would like to live in an Adult Group Home may have a monthly income up to $900*.
  • All applicants may have up to $1,500 in assets, regardless of the type of living arrangement chosen

*Please note that these figures are estimates and final financial eligibility is determined by the local CDJFS office.

What are Eligible Living Arrangements?

Enrolled consumers may choose to live in Adult Care Facilities (including Adult Family and Group Homes) or Adult Foster Homes currently licensed by OhioMHAS.  Please follow the below links for listings of RSS-eligible living arrangements for new applicants and individuals currently enrolled in the program. 

Adult Care Facilities Adult Foster Homes
Listed Alphabetically Listed Alphabetically
Listed by County Listed by County

*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. 

** Effective November 20, 2014, Residential care Facilities/Assisted Living licensed by the Ohio Department of Health for seventeen(17) beds or more are no longer eligible living arrangements for the RSS Program.  Current RSS enrollees already living in those setting will continue to receive benefits without disruption.

How Do I Apply for RSS?

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.

What Should I Expect Now that I Am Enrolled?

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.

What are My Responsibilities to Remain in the Program?

  • Live in an eligible living arrangement in the community and report all address changes.
  • Contact the CDJFS office within ten (10) days of any changes of status, including changes in income, changes in address, or have updated information for your Representative Payee or Legal Guardian.*
  • Provide OhioMHAS and your local CDJFS office any information requested to determine continued enrollment.

*Please note that this list includes, but is not limited to those items stated.

How Much is My Monthly Allowable Fee (or “Rent”)?

The Allowable Fee is what you pay the home operator with your RSS benefit and other income, such as Social Security, SSI, and SSDI. The maximum allowable fee or “rent” that the community residence may charge individuals enrolled in RSS depends upon the facility’s type of licensure. The living arrangement must accept the allowable fee as payment in full for Accommodations, Supervision, and Personal Care Services provided to the resident. The home operator may charge ancillary fees for services in addition to the required Accommodations, Supervision, and Personal Care Services if those charges are listed in the Resident Agreement and agreed to by you and/or legal guardian.

The monthly allowable fees according to type of living arrangement are listed in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 5122-36 as follows:

  • Adult Family Home - $774
  • Adult Foster Home - $774
  • Adult Group Home - $877
  • Residential Care Facility - $877 (*For individuals who enrolled prior to November 20, 2014)

Please confirm the home’s licensure type by checking the listings in the "What Are Eligible living Arrangements?" section.

If you are seeking information regarding the licensure of Adult Care Facilities (including Adult Family and Group Homes) or Adult Foster Homes, please visit the OhioMHAS Office of Licensure & Certification’s webpage.

When Should I Contact OhioMHAS?

  • If you are moving to a new eligible living arrangement, including when you have questions about whether a potential home is an eligible living arrangement for RSS.
  • If you are admitted to a nursing home or hospital to be placed on Bed Hold status, which allows you to continue receiving RSS benefits for up to 90 days. The home operator must agree to hold your bed in the living arrangement.
  • If you are moving to more independent housing and need to dis-enroll from RSS.
  • You can contact OhioMHAS via phone at (855) 777-6364 [Toll-Free] or email at

When Should I Contact My Local CDJFS Office?

Your County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS) office completes the Financial Eligibility determination for RSS, including the amount of your cash benefit.

  • You are responsible for contacting the CDJFS office within ten (10) days of any changes of status, including if you are going to move, have changes in income, or have updated information for your Representative Payee or Legal Guardian.*
  • When you have questions about your financial eligibility for RSS, including changes in income and the amount of your RSS benefit.
  • When you would like to have RSS payments directly deposited into your or your representative payee/legal guardian’s bank account.

*Please note that this list includes, but is not limited to those items stated.

What If I Am No Longer Enrolled in RSS and I Continue Receiving Payments?

You and/or your Representative Payee/Legal Guardian are responsible for returning any RSS funds received following your date of dis-enrollment.

  • Please write the check(s) as payable to “Ohio Treasurer of State”. In the memo portion of the check, include your Full Name, Social Security Number, Dates of the time period for which the returned RSS payment covers.
  • Please mail the returned RSS payment(s) to: 

               ODJFS/Office of Fiscal Services

               P.O. Box 182367

               Columbus, OH 43218-2367

Where Can I Find RSS Program Announcements?

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How Do I Contact OhioMHAS?

For more information about the RSS Program, please contact Community Transitions via email or call (614)752-9316.