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.
As a result of this legislation, the Disability Law Center now conducts representative payee site reviews on behalf of the Social Security Administration.
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, past investigations – some of which were conducted by the Disability Law Center – 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.
What to expect when the DLC conducts a site review of your organization:
- Interview with the individual or organizational representative payee
- Review the representative payee’s financial records for the requested beneficiary or beneficiaries
- Conduct a home visit and interview with each beneficiary in the sample; and
- Interview any third parties, when applicable.
- Monthly budgets
- Bank statements
- Collective bank account statements
- Bank reconciliation records
- Cancelled checks
- Rental agreements
- Other financial records you keep to track how you spend the beneficiary’s SSA benefits