On a monthly basis, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) publishes Temporary and Disability Assistance Statistics, which contains data relating to the operation of OTDA programs. Included in the report are a number of data values providing caseload statistics regarding programs for low income residents. The data provided here contains the data necessary to recreate the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) information for the Temporary and Disability Assistance Statistics for each month beginning with January of 2002, and continuing to most recently available data. Updates are scheduled to occur 65 days after the end of the reference month. This will allow interested parties to construct trends in recipients and benefits related to this program for each of the State’s 57 Local Social Services Districts, New York City and the Office of Mental Health (OMH).
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a means tested federal income support program that provides a minimum income to aged, blind or disabled persons. New York provides a State-funded supplement to the basic federal benefit. The cases and expenditures provided here and in Temporary and Disability Assistance Statistics are created by extracting data on monthly federal and state supplement payment issuance and recipient characteristics provided to the State from the Social Security Administration through the State Data Exchange (SDX), combined with state expenditure data on additional Personal Needs Allowances paid through the Office of State Comptroller. Statistical and Analytic Issues/Limitations of Data Use Users of these data, especially for the purposes of expenditure trend analysis should make themselves aware of the method by which benefit levels are adjusted annually for cost of living changes, and that benefits vary by living arrangement and region Supplemental Security Income Program Data Research Benefits On a monthly basis, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) publishes Temporary and Disability Assistance Statistics, which contains data relating to the operation of OTDA programs. Included in the report are three data tables providing caseload statistics regarding the Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI).
New York provides a State-funded supplement to the basic federal benefit. The monthly statistical report is published in PDF format, thus making it difficult to manipulate the data within each month, or combine data across time. The files provided here (one for recipients and expenditures by district and mental health-related jurisdictions, a second for recipients by living arrangement and region, and a third of living arrangement by category of assistance) contain the data necessary to recreate the data in the SSI tables of the report for each month beginning with January of 2002 in machine readable format, including data on recipients and expenditures by region. This will allow more flexible use of the data, including: Constructing trends over time; Comparing districts or regions on absolute service levels, trends and program utilization; Examining the relationship between caseloads and other factors such as demographics and economic conditions, including models designed to project caseloads; Using caseload data as a covariate in modeling other population outcomes; and Demonstrating trends in need for grant requests and service targeting.