Some individuals who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits need help managing their money. The Representative Payee Program assists the most vulnerable members of society -- the young, the elderly and the disabled who are not capable of managing or directing someone else to manage their benefits.
The goal of the Representative Payee Program is to assist individuals with managing their monthly Social Security benefit to secure stable housing and to avoid crises with food and shelter.
What is a Representative Payee?
A person, agency, organization or institution selected to receive and manage benefits on behalf of an incapable or legally incompetent beneficiary. This includes a parent who is receiving benefits on behalf of his/her minor child.
Who needs a Representative Payee?
Beneficiaries who are unable to manage or direct the management of their money need a payee. These beneficiaries fall into three basic categories:
- Children - almost all children under age 18 have payees
- Beneficiaries determined by a court of law to be legally incompetent
- Beneficiaries determined by SSA to be incapable of handling their money
Representative Payees also function as an advocate between the individual and SSA to ensure the individual receives the correct benefit amount and the appropriate medical coverage according to the individual's case category.
If you or someone you know would benefit from the services of a Representative Payee, call Center for Community Action at (814) 623-9129.