SSI Facilitation- SSA Interim Assistance Reimbursement Agreement (IARA)

Revised October 31, 2011

WAC 388-449-0200 - Am I eligible for cash assistance for Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) while waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

WAC 388-449-0210 - What is interim assistance and how do I assign it to the department?

Clarifying Information

  1. Persons receiving ABD cash are required to sign a DSHS 18-235, SSI Interim Assistance Reimbursement Authorization (IARA) agreeing to repay interim assistance.
  2. The State of Washington and the Social Security Administration have a written agreement that the IARA is also a notice of intent to file a SSI application.
  3. The IARA signed date is the protective filing date when:
    1. The IARA is filed with the SSA District Office within 30 days of the signed date.
    2. A SSI application is filed with SSA within 60 calendar days of the signed date.

Worker Responsibilities

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  1.  DSHS staff must perform the following actions:
    1. Ensure that a valid IARA has been obtained from persons receiving ABD cash.
    2. Sign and date the IARA representing DSHS.
    3. Ensure the original IARA is received by SSA within 30 calendar days from the date that the SSIF signs it.
  2.  For IARAs signed in the CSO:
    1.  Discuss the IARA with the person so that the person understands how it works.
    2.  Send the original IARA to SSA and makes two copies. Give a copy to the person and send a copy to DMS.
  3. For IARAs received in the mail:
    1. The HUI will sign the IARA and fax the original to the appropriate SSA office with a cover letter.
    2. The IARA received date will be automatically filled in ICMS with the date the HIU prints the IARA cover letter.
    3. HUI staff will image the IARA and assign it to the SSIF or ISW of record.
    4. Unsigned or unusable IARAs will be imaged with a cover letter indicating the IARA was not sent to SSA and that a new IARA will need to be obtained.
  4. Once filed with SSA the IARA is effective for interim assistance repayment for:
    1. 12 months from the signed date.
    2. ;As long as the SSI application is active.