Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Rule Rule 461-155-0530
Special Need; Food for Guide Dogs and Special Assistance Animals


For an OSIP or OSIPM program client receiving SSI, having an adjusted income less than the OSIPM program standard under OAR 461-155-0250 (Income and Payment Standard; OSIPM), or receiving home and community-based care (see OAR 461-001-0030 (Definitions; OSIP, OSIPM Long-Term Care or Home and Community-Based Care)), a food allowance is allowed for guide dogs and special assistance animals that are individually trained to:


Meet the client’s specific medical needs by performing tasks, such as alerting and protecting a client who is having a seizure; or


Perform specific physical tasks that the client is unable to do, such as picking up items that are dropped, turning on light switches, and pulling a wheelchair.


The maximum amount the Department authorizes for this special need is $50 per month.


Authorization of this special need must be based on a proven medical need to sustain the client’s independence.

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Jun. 8, 2021