Learn about SSP eligibility and payments

SSP eligibility requirements, information about payment categories, rates, and methods.

Individuals who wish to receive SSP payments must first apply for SSI. SSP payments are based on eligibility for SSI, and are paid by the state at the beginning of each eligible month. Payment amounts are based on the client’s income and living arrangement.

SSP Eligibility

Massachusetts SSP payments are based on eligibility for federal SSI payments. Massachusetts SSI recipients are automatically eligible for SSP payments. In some cases, an individual may have income that is too high to be eligible for an SSI payment but may still qualify for an SSP payment. SSP payments are sent on the same schedule as the federal SSI payment, generally on the first of the month.

SSP Payment Methods

SSP payments are made in the same method by which an individual receives SSI payments, either by check or by direct deposit. SSP payments are made available on the first of the month. Those who receive both SSI and SSP receive two payments, one from SSA and one from the state.

Checks: SSP checks are issued from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through People’s United Bank. You may cash your SSP check with two forms of identification at any People’s United Bank location, even if you do not have a People’s United Bank account.

Direct Deposit: The notation that appears with an SSP direct deposit on bank statements may include all or part of “COMM OF MASS SSP SUPP”.

Additional Resources for SSP Payment Methods

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