Some state Supplemental Security Income payments still delayed


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Thousands of state Supplemental Security Income payments delayed due to processing errors remain missing.

The roughly 3,200 delayed SSI payments were supposed to be deposited or delivered by Tuesday.

The Call 12 for Action Center received several calls and emails about the persistent issue from callers who say they are frustrated that they don’t have money or answers.

One of those calls was from Fred Seminick of Central Falls.

“That was part of my income for the month,” Seminick said. “I’m on a fixed income and I’ve got my bills budgeted so I know where I’m going every month.”

Seminick also said that he tried calling the R.I. Department of Human Services to get answers but “they never answer the phone at DHS. Never. It just keeps ringing, ringing, ringing, ringing. So I get frustrated and I hang up.”

“I’m frustrated,” he added. “Nobody can give an answer. That’s my point. Where is it?”

A state spokesperson confirmed that the SSI payments were not made as anticipated Tuesday, and could not say when the payments would go through.

Nearly 34,000 individuals received SSI benefits in Rhode Island during the state’s 2015-16 fiscal year, according to the most recent official estimate. The average monthly benefit was $45.57.