The Supplemental Aid to the Blind (SAB) program is operated in Missouri in conjunction with a totally state-supported blind pension program. Through the SAB program, the state provides blind persons who meet certain requirements with reasonable subsistence in accordance with the standards developed by the Family Support Division. Eligible individuals receive a monthly cash grant as well as MO HealthNet Coverage. Refer to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program Descriptions chart for the current cash grant amount..

Who Is Eligible?

The person who:

  • is 18 years of age or older;
  • is living in Missouri and intends to remain;
  • is a United States citizen or eligible qualified non-citizen;
  • owns real and personal property with a value of less than the resource threshold for an individual, if single, or a couple, if married (see the Adult Standards Chart for current amounts). (NOTE: In figuring the value of the property, the following is not considered: the home in which the blind person lives, clothing, furniture, household equipment, personal jewelry, or any property used directly by the blind person in earning a living.);
  • does not publicly solicit alms;
  • is determined to be blind as defined by law (vision less than 5/200 or visual field of less than 5 degrees);
  • is not a resident of a public, private, or endowed institution except a public medical institution;
  • is in need of assistance because there is insufficient income to meet basic needs, and
  • applies for Supplemental Security Income.

For information regarding medical coverage included with Supplemental Aid to the Blind, see MO HealthNet Services–MO HealthNet