Representative Payees

Protecting Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Benefits

NDRN and the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Network are working in collaboration with the Social Security Administration to monitor representative payees throughout the country. Through this collaboration, the P&As have expanded protection of Social Security beneficiaries by educating representative payees of their responsibilities and identifying cases of misuse.

Background

A representative payee is a person who acts as the receiver of Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income for a person who is not fully capable of managing their own benefits. Unfortunately, government investigations – some of which were conducted by P&A agencies – have uncovered representative payees who have stolen or misused funds, exploited, neglected and even abused the people with disabilities they were supposed to be helping.

In March 2018, legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate to increase oversight and protection for some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. The bill, called the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act (H.R. 4547), increased independent oversight of the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program.

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    Rep Payee Review Program 2019-2020 Mid-Year Overview

    March 10, 2020

    To date, the P&As began 4,699 rep payee monitoring reviews with 3,313 payee interviews completed. These were conducted all across the country and territories.

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    Rep Payee Review Program 2018-2019 Overview

    March 10, 2020

    In ‘18-’19, the P&As began 2,437 rep payee monitoring reviews with 1,384 payee interviews completed. These cases were conducted all across the country and territories.

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  • Representative Payees

    Trump Signs Legislation Protecting Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Benefits

    April 13, 2018

    WASHINGTON – President Trump has signed into law legislation that will increase oversight and protection for some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. The bill, called the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act (H.R. 4547), will increase independent oversight of the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program.

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