District of Columbia Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) Program
This document explains the Interim Disability Assistance
Program which provides temporary financial support to low-income residents with
disabilities while they apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under IDA,
DC is able to take advantage of a provision
of the Social Security Act that permits federal reimbursement of locally-funded
assistance to individuals who ultimately qualify for SSI.
The IDA legislation emerged from a series of conversations
involving service providers, legal advocates and the D.C. Department of Human
As a result, IDA was designed to streamline administration,
reduce waste, and maximize recovery of federal revenue.