What is a Representative Payee?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) appoints a representative payee to manage a beneficiary’s SSA or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments if they need assistance handling their funds. Payees must use the funds that they oversee for the care and maintenance of the beneficiaries they serve.
ACDL and the Representative Payee Review Program
Representative payees undergo periodic reviews to ensure that they are carrying out their duties properly and are acting in the best interest of the beneficiaries they serve. In 2018, Congress passed H.R. 4547, The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act, which authorized state Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) to conduct representative payee reviews on behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and funded the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries with a Representative Payee (PABRP) grant. As the State of Arizona’s P&A System, ACDL conducts reviews of payees under H.R. 4547 in accordance with the guidelines established by the SSA. Learn more about Representative payees and H.R. 4547.
Representative Payee Review Program Results
To date, P&As across the country have reviewed thousands of representative payees. You can learn more about the work that has been conducted under the PABRP grant via the following links:
Representative Payee Reviews and COVID-19
Currently, ACDL is not conducting in-person representative payee reviews to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our State. Our staff may contact payees and beneficiaries to set-up a video or telephonic interview. If you received a call-in letter informing you of an upcoming review prior to March 1, 2020, please disregard its instructions and wait for us to contact you again with additional information.
Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks) and Social Security
The SSA has released an extensive guide on Economic Impact Payments that addresses potential questions from both payees and beneficiaries, which can be viewed on the SSA’s Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website.