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DRAZ Begins New Program to Improve Oversight of Social Security Representative Payees

Representative Payee Program
for Immediate Release

A new program to improve the oversight of Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits managed by representative payees has been announced by the Disability Rights Arizona (DRAZ), formerly Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL).

On April 13, 2018, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act was signed into law. This legislation authorizes the nation’s Protection & Advocacy (P&A) system to conduct reviews of the SSA’s Representative Payee Program.

A “rep payee” is an organization or person who manages the Social Security benefits for a person who may not be able to do so. Unfortunately, there are cases of rep payees who have stolen or misused funds, leaving beneficiaries without even their basic needs being met.

DRAZ staff will conduct periodic onsite reviews to verify that the representative payee is using the benefits properly on behalf of the beneficiary. Beneficiaries will also be interviewed to ensure they are being cared for appropriately. Staff advocates will conduct educational visits and additional discretionary reviews based on allegations it receives of payee misconduct. DRAZ will then recommend corrective action, when needed, to the representative payee to improve its services to beneficiaries.

Learn more about Representative Payee Site Reviews conducted by the P&A system here.


Over 30 years, DRAZ has worked to advance the rights of Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality.

At DRAZ, our vision is clear: to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensure their full and equal rights, and to also be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work serving our clients. We envision a society where all people with disabilities enjoy full acceptance without barriers.