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Optional State Supplementation (OSS)


Optional State Supplementation (OSS) is a cash assistance program. Its purpose is to supplement a person's income to help pay for costs in an assisted living facility, mental health residential treatment facility, and adult family care home. It is NOT a Medicaid program.


To be eligible for OSS, a person must:

  • Be 65 years or older, or 18 years of age or older and blind or disabled
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualified noncitizen
  • Be a Florida resident
  • Have a Social Security number or file for one
  • File for any other benefits to which they may be entitled
  • Disclose other third party liability, (i.e., health insurance)
  • Be certified by an Adult Services or Mental Health case manager as needing placement in a licensed facility: adult family care home (AFCH), assisted living facility (ALF), or mental health residential treatment facility (MHRTF).


*The monthly income limit varies by type of facility:

$799.40 for an individual and $1598.80 for a couple, (ALF or AFCH).

The asset limit is $2000 for an individual or $3000 for a couple (ALFs and AFCHs).


The OSS payment is made directly to the client. The amount is based on the client's income and the current cost of care in the facility:

Monthly Cost of Care (ALF & AFCH) = $745.40 for an individual and $1490.80 for a couple..


To determine the amount of the OSS payment, use the following worksheet:

Step 1:


Individual's Gross Income:


- Personal Needs allowance:
- Amount set aside for Spouse:

$ 54.00
$ ______________

Equals the amount the individual must pay to the facility from his or her personal income =

$ ______________



Step 2:


Cost of Care of facility:

$ 754.40

- Amount paid by individual (Step 1):

$ ______________

Equals the amount of monthly OSS payment made to the client, (to be paid to facility as supplement) =

$ ______________

Note: In addition to OSS payments, facilities that are enrolled as Medicaid Assistive Care Services providers or Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care providers may also bill Medicaid for services for residents who qualify for those programs.


To apply for benefits, please visit the Department of Children & Families website.

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