SSA Representative Payee Program

At the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of the Chairman studied state guardianship/conservatorship laws and court practices with an eye toward improved information sharing between SSA and state courts. The study researched current state guardianship/conservatorship statutes nationwide, as well as survey state courts on their respective practices concerning the selection, monitoring and sanctioning of guardians/conservators. Based on this research, the final report identifies potential avenues to improve the exchange of information between SSA and state courts that relates to representative payee and state guardianship/conservatorship programs respectively, with particular attention to situations where the SSA representative payee is also a court-appointed legal guardian.


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