The Social Security Administration's Pre-release Procedures of Institutionalized Individuals

Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Management Issue: 
Report Number: 
A-02-14-24085
Report Type: 
Audit Report
Office Affiliation: 

Congress enacted legislation requiring that Social Security provide a way for individuals to apply for benefits before they are released from a public institution. SSA’s pre-release procedures were designed to ensure eligible individuals receive timely Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments when they re-enter the community.

The pre-release procedures allow SSA to take and process an institutionalized individual’s SSI application several months before the individual’s anticipated release. It also allows for a prospective determination of potential eligibility and payment amount based on anticipated circumstances. The pre-release procedures apply to correctional facilities and other public institutions.