The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) will hold a National Disability Forum on October 30, 2018, at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The topic of this forum will be “Advance Designation of Representative Payees.” The morning session of the forum will have panelists discussing how advance designation can improve future financial management. The afternoon session will feature panelists sharing how to leverage advance designation to improve the Representative Payee selection process.
The SSA’s Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. The SSA appoints a suitable representative payee (payee) who manages the payments on behalf of the beneficiaries. Generally, the SSA will look for family or friends to serve as payees. When friends or family members are not able to serve as payees, the SSA will look for qualified organizations. If you are concerned that someone you know becomes incapable of managing or directing the management of his or her benefits, please call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to request an appointment to discuss your concerns.
You can also visit Social Security’s website to keep up to date with news on the forum: https://www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/whatsnew.html
By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®