Understanding Social Security Administration Representative Payee Program

Social Security's Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for beneficiaries unable to manage their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

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Understanding Social Security Administration Representative Payee Program

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Around 1.24 million people receive social security benefits in California, including people with disabilities. Some of these benefits include:

  • Medicare;
  • Retirement;
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI); and
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security's Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for beneficiaries unable to manage their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. 

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What is a Representative Payee?

A representative payee is someone the Social Security Administration (SSA) chooses to help you budget and spend your Social Security money.

This can be a friend, relative or agency that helps you manage your money. Your payee receives your monthly benefits and MUST use the money to pay your current needs, including housing and utility bills, food, medical expenses, and personal care items.

What Should I Be Aware of?

Unfortunately, sometimes representative payees don't manage your money the way you want them to or you want to change who is your designated representative payee.

How Can I Get help?

  • If you have a representative payee and would like to learn how to be your own payee;
  • If you are a representative payee and you have questions about your duties; or
  • If you suspect that a representative payee is misusing or mis-handling a beneficiary’s funds.

Contact Disability Rights California Office of Payee Review & Beneficiary Assistance (OPRABA) at 1-800-776-5746 or TTY at: 1-800-719-5798

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