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What is the SSA Representative Payee Program?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has authority to appoint a person or organization as representative payee for a beneficiary to manage payments for a beneficiary who is unable to do so.

The SSA follows certain procedures when administering the program in order to:

  1. determine whether it’s in the beneficiary’s best interest to have a payee;
  2. select the proper payee;
  3. have adequate oversight over the payee’s activities; and
  4. provide redress for any misuse of funds.

Read more about each of these procedures at Justice in Aging Fact Sheet: SSA's Representative Payee Program.  If you know someone who may need a representative payee, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

More information is available in this brochure published by Legal Aid: What I Should Know If I Have a Rep Payee

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