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. 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.
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:
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.
Your County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS) office completes the Financial Eligibility determination for RSS, including the amount of your cash benefit.
You and/or your Representative Payee/Legal Guardian are responsible for returning any RSS funds received following your date of dis-enrollment.
ODJFS/Office of Fiscal Services
P.O. Box 182367
Columbus, OH 43218-2367
Accepting Applications (December 2014)
RSS and Residential Care Facilities/Assisted Living (December 2014)
Program Updates (September 2014)
Representative Payees (November 2012)
Allowable Fees (September 2012)
Changes of Status (August 2012)