Carefully screen disabled Temporary Assistance parents and children to determine if they additionally qualify for blind or disability benefits in the SSI program. (See SSI disability desktop guide).
At initial application and subsequent contacts, discuss the individual’s need to apply for SSA/SSI benefits. Use SSA’s TOLL FREE NUMBER (800-772-1213).
Explain benefits at each referral and inform the individual. Explain that these benefits may affect the individual’s eligibility for Temporary Assistance, but that active family members may continue to receive cash assistance.