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Chapter 1 Eligibility Criteria Overview

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NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES SECTION
SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE BLIND PROGRAM


Section:

Chapter 1

Title:

Eligibility Criteria - Overview

Revision History:

Revised 08/02


An applicant’s eligibility for Special Assistance for the Blind is based on four criteria: I) vision status; II) need, as defined by the service; III) income; and IV) residency. These criteria are defined below:

I. VISION STATUS

Pages 12-13 in this Manual contain more detailed information on visual eligibility criteria.

The eye report which determines eligibility for Special Assistance for the Blind must be countersigned by the State Consulting Ophthalmologist.

II. NEED

The applicant/recipient must be in need of food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities of life and has insufficient means for his/her own support and has no relative or other persons in this state able to provide for him/her who is legally responsible for his/her maintenance.

Although most recipients of SAB reside in a rest home setting, an individual can be eligible at home if he/she has a special one time need which can not be met by any other program and/or if he/she does not receive any other public assistance from other programs. An example of an one-time need would be for an expensive medical care special item such as a wheelchair. Also, someone who does not qualify for SSI due to excess property and who does not have other income might be eligible while he/she disposed of the property. It should be noted that the payment standards for SAB are extremely low. More details of special eligibility circumstances may be found in Chapters 6 and 7 later in this manual.

III. INCOME

Additional information about income and budgeting can be found in Chapters 6 and 7 in this manual.

IV. RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS

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