I am a single mom of a young boy with special needs who just was approved to receive SSI. Last year I pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of unauthorized article in state prison (cell phone) with intent to deliver to inmate. Time suspended, 2 years probation and $500 restitution with record sealed and expunged after probation of no further felonies (so far so good).
While your SSI benefits will not be affected by your felony, you will not be able to receive benefits if you are incarcerated for more than 30 days pursuant to a conviction.
I am unsure if your child would be able to receive those benefits during an incarceration.
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I do not believe this will prevent you from being a representative payee. It may mean SSA asks more regular questions, so be clear with them about what you can and cannot do with the money, and then keep detailed records and receipts.
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