COVID-19 CAPI change to verification of SSI ineligibility

To be eligible for the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), an individual must be ineligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) only because of their immigration status.  Effective April 16, 2021, counties may accept verbal attestation from a claimant that they have applied for SSI and their application is pending a final determination by the Social Security Administration if the claimant has not received a final determination.  This procedure remains in effect until the end of the California COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Counties should check the immigration status code in the MEDS database. Code N13 dated within six month of the CAPI application or redetermination also indicates the claimant has applied for SSI and been denied only because of immigration status.  In those cases, the county should not ask the CAPI applicant to reapply for SSI.  (ACL 21-41, April 22, 2021.)