Processes need to be in place prior to any assessments. All of the assessment specific questions have multiple layers of consequences, many of which potentially create more problems. To prove ability is quite different than proving inability. The questions posed here seem aimed at proving ability to manage your own money. If neighbors, friends or citizens could report potential financial abuse, then the questions ...more »
1. How should SSA assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? SSA should use a person-centered approach to assess a beneficiary’s ability to manage his or her own benefits, which includes an individual interview. An individual interview would allow beneficiaries the opportunity to explain how they would manage their own benefits and/or demonstrate how they are managing any existing ...more »
“I’m on Social Security disability insurance...and I’m also very thankful for it.” How fortunate we are to be U.S. citizens, to work, and when in need -- have The Social Security Administration help us during those “interesting and rough” times of life. The National Disability Forum is a great vehicle to hear from disability stakeholders, whose lives are encompassed with daily “disability” living. The Representative ...more »
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 »
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 »
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.
How should SSA assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? In order to make a clear decision on whether or not a person is capable of being their own payee I would suggest asking the person first. Allow them an opportunity to explain why they are capable of being their own payee. Allow them to provide documentation to support why they should be their own payee. Next create a consent ...more »
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?
I was born with one eye & am life-long HOH with no success with hearing aids. As I grew older, my hearing loss worsened. However, my one eye did the work of both my vision & hearing through reading lips as a lifelong disability. I obtained employment & worked steadily until mid-30’s; most of my SS contributions occurred during this time. I’m highly educated with paralegal background, but was unable to sustain lengthy ...more »
How should SSA assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits?
Should SSA obtain specific types of evidence to assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? If so, what type(s)?
Are there certain questions SSA should ask beneficiaries in order to determine their ability to direct the management of benefits?