The RSS non-financial eligibility criteria are:
- Age 18 or older
- Eligible or enrolled in Medicaid (not a waiver program);
- Receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits;
- Either currently receiving treatment in a nursing home and planning for discharge, or meet at least a Protective Level of Care (to be confirmed during the Level of Care [LOC] determination process); and
- Currently reside or planning to reside in an Eligible Living Arrangement.
Once an RSS application is completed and the non-financial eligibility criteria are met, OhioMHAS forwards the individual’s information to the local County Department of Job & Family Services (CDJFS) office for a financial eligibility determination. Eligible individuals may have:
- A monthly income up to $1,300*; and
- Up to $2,000* in assets.
*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, (formerly known as Adult Care Facilities or ACFs) that are 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.
**Beginning in 2017, Residential Care Facilities (or Assisted Living) licensed by the Ohio Department of Health for 17 beds or more are not eligible living arrangements for RSS unless approved by OhioMHAS on an individual basis. Learn more about the RSS Eligible Living Arrangement Approval Procedure.
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.