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How was OPRABA created?
OPRABA was created by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018, a bi-partisan bill that was signed into law on April 13, 2018. OPRABA staff are employees of Disability Rights California, not SSA.
The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program is a free service that helps Social Security beneficiaries who receive benefits based on a disability make informed choices about their employment goals.
What is a representative payee or rep. payee?
A rep. payee is someone the Social Security Administration (SSA) chooses to help you budget and spend your Social Security money. How do you tell if you have a rep. payee? You are getting monthly benefits called SSI or SSDI, and SSA has chosen someone to handle your benefits payments for you. Your rep. payee can be a person or an agency.
This pub talks about how you can get Social Security or Supplemental Security money while working at the same time. The pub gives you directions on what steps you can take.
Social Security has special rules known as “work incentives.” You can use them to help you go to work without suddenly losing your benefits. This pub tells you about “work incentives” when you get SSDI.
This pub is for representative payees of people getting Social Security benefits. It talks about the duty to act in the best interest of the person. A payee has to manage and keep track of the person’s money, and advocate for them.
As a representative payee (rep. payee), you have a duty to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries you serve.1 The three major responsibilities of the rep. payee are: money management; accounting and reporting; and advocacy.