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Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program (ADSA)

What is the Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program (ADSA)? The Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) program provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with their disability-related needs. The allowance is to help pay the costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dog.

The SMHS program provides medically necessary services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Who is it for?

  • A resident of California, receiving one of the following:
    • SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
    • SSP (State Supplementary Payment)
    • SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance)
    • IHSS (In-Home Supportive Services)
    • CAPI (Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants)

How to apply?

  • Complete the following forms:
    • Form ADSA1 if applicant receives SSI, SSP, IHSS, or CAPI.
    • Form ADSA1B if applicant receives SSDI
  • Mail the application forms to:
    • Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program,
      California Department of Social Services,
      744 P Street, MS 9-7-96,
      Sacramento, CA 95814