Financial Assistance - Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) and Aid to the Blind
220 N Spruce St
Data Provided By
Western Colorado 2-1-1 - WC 211
Description of Service
Aid to the Blind & Aid to the Needy Disabled
The Aid To The Needy Disabled (AND) program provides a small cash assistance benefit to low-income Colorado residents age 18 – 59 who have at least a six-month total disability that precludes them from working.
The Aid To The Blind (AB) program provides a small cash assistance benefit to low-income residents who meet the Social Security Administration's definition of blindness.
Other income such as wages or Veteran's Assistance, may reduce the amount of the AND/AB payment. There are no medical benefits provided by the AND/AB program.
Client applying for AND will have Medicaid and will need to see their Primary Care Physicians to complete AND exam requirements. If clients do not have a doctor they can go to www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/find-doctor .
When the primary diagnosis is alcoholism or drug abuse, the AND recipient:
- Is limited to 12 cumulative months in a lifetime;
- Must agree to and participate in treatment;
- Must submit to random testing; and
- Will lose AND benefits if he/she tests positive for alcohol or drugs two times in any three-month period.
Gunnison and Hinsdale County
Applications available at the Gunnison and Hinsdale County Department of Human Services
Client applying for AND will have Medicaid and will need to see their Primary Care Physicians to complete AND exam requirements.
If clients do not have a doctor they can go to www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/find-doctor .
AND/AB applicants/recipients must apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
The goal of these programs is to provide interim financial assistance while waiting for SSI approval.