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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.
How OPRABA can help?
If you suspect that a rep. payee is misusing or improperly using a beneficiary’s funds, contact OPRABA.
If you have a rep. payee and would like to learn how to be your own payee, contact OPRABA.
This publication discusses a representative payee's fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries they serve. The three major responsibilities of the representative payee can broadly be categorized as: money management; accounting and reporting obligations; and advocacy.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): These benefits are for children and adults with limited income and resources. Persons aged 65 or older are also eligible (with certain limitations for non-citizens). The 2016 SSI benefit level in California is $889.40 for an aged or disabled person and $1,496.20 for a couple. If you receive other income (such as SSDI/Title II benefits) which is less than the SSI standard, you can also get an SSI check to supplement your other income. If you receive even one dollar of SSI, you are automatically entitled to Medi-Cal at no cost...
QUESTION: I have heard that lots of people lose their SSI and Medicaid when they turn 18. Is that true?
Well, it’s true that some people who qualified for SSI as children aren’t able to qualify for SSI as adults. This is because the SSI program has two different definitions of disability – one for children and another for adults (age 18 and older).