How to Protect SSI Benefits
Generally when a Special Needs Trust is created, questions arise as to what types of distributions will negatively impact the beneficiary's current SSI benefits. Here are a few basic examples of distributions which will reduce the SSI Benefit:
Basic shelter related expenses
Basic items of clothing
Cash for any purpose
Examples of Impermissible Trust Distributions
Distribution not in the best interest of the beneficiary (made primarily for the benefit of another person)
Paying for a service already paid for by another source.