Help a loved one by be­com­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Northern Palm Beach County - - Front Page - Maria Diaz So­cial Se­cu­rity

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus Bureau, there are nearly 57 mil­lion people liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties in the United States. Thirty per­cent of Amer­i­can adults help pro­vide care for a sick or dis­abled fam­ily mem­ber. Care­givers pro­vide phys­i­cal and emo­tional sup­port for the people in their care. It’s a de­mand­ing job with its stresses and re­wards, but it can also be a la­bor of love.

So­cial Se­cu­rity is com­mit­ted to you through­out life’s jour­ney, help­ing se­cure to­day and to­mor­row for ev­ery Amer­i­can. This is es­pe­cially true for people who need help man­ag­ing their ben­e­fits. We work closely with care­givers through our rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee pro­gram. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee is some­one who re­ceives and over­sees the So­cial Se­cu­rity or Sup­ple­men­tal Se­cu­rity In­come (SSI) ben­e­fits for any­one who can­not man­age their ben­e­fits. This can be a child or an adult in­ca­pable of man­ag­ing their own funds. You can learn more about our rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee pro­gram at www·so­cialse­cu­rity·gov/ payee.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee is usu­ally a trusted fam­ily mem­ber or friend of the ben­e­fi­ciary, but when friends or fam­ily are not able to serve as rep­re­sen­ta­tive pay­ees, So­cial Se­cu­rity looks for qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als or or­ga­ni­za­tions to rep­re­sent the ben­e­fi­ciary. You can learn about be­com­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee by watch­ing our new series of videos on the du­ties of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee at www·so­cialse­cu­rity·gov/ payee.

It’s our hope that these videos will not only ed­u­cate in­di­vid­u­als about the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive payee, but also pro­vide fur­ther in­sight, broaden com­mu­nity aware­ness, and pro­vide key re­sources to deal with the grow­ing in­ci­dents of el­der abuse, ne­glect, and fi­nan­cial ex­ploita­tion.

Care­givers are valu­able and ir­re­place­able as­sets to our great na­tion. Please join us in cel­e­brat­ing them for all they do for those who can­not do for them­selves.

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