While most people receive their Social Security (SS) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits directly, others need assistance. Big Sandy Area Community Action Program receives and manages monthly payments on behalf of individuals determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to be in need of assistance.
Social Security (SS) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are unable to manage or direct the management of their money fall into three basic categories:
- children – almost all children under age 18 have payees
- beneficiaries determined by a court of law to be legally incompetent
- beneficiaries determined by SSA to be incapable of handling their money
Benefits received on behalf of SS or SSI beneficiaries are used for:
- housing and utilities
- medical and dental expenses
- personal care items
- rehabilitation expenses (if disabled)
Current needs must be satisfied before funds may be spent on outstanding debts. If not needed for these purposes, the benefits must be conserved or invested on behalf of the beneficiary.