There are several indicators in other governmental disciplines that would be useful indicators of a persons ability/inability to direct/manage their own benefits. Examples of such documentation or patterns of utilization include: criminal charges and convictions, small claims court intervention, Involuntary civil commitments (mental health and substance), Dependent Adult Abuse Findings/Investigations, POA Health, Guardianship ...more »
I think Social Security needs a category between total independence and rep
Payee. I feel they should have a transitional rep payee. I am currently rep. Payee for my son. However monthly I work with him on budgeting bill paying, checkbook and balancing his statement with the goal that he will eventually handle his own finances.
When it comes to behavioral health/mental illness, is SSA exploring how to minimize chronic firing of payees whenever the individual is going through spikes in their mental health?
What additional information might be helpful to include on the website to help the reader better understand the CAL initiative?
Do you have any recommendations of additional information that would be useful to SSA when evaluating a potential CAL condition?
1.How should SSA assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? First of all, SSA should assume competency unless given evidence to the contrary. If someone makes a mistake or has some deficits it would be good if SSA could refer the beneficiary to their local Independent Living Center to learn money management, if possible. We need to stop having an all or nothing mentality and allow ...more »