i am 20 and receiving disability benefits however i have a payee who is not giving me all of the money i am supposed to be receiving and wont help me do or pay for anything that i need transportation , hygiene, food clothing , medical apts. i have been trying to move out and live on my own but i am not sure what to do. i want to go to college and live on my own but i am not sure that i will be able to afford anything like that what should i do?
If you can prove that your representative payee is mishandling funds, go to your local Social Security office with evidence. Depending on what your conditions are, the SSA may choose to appoint another responsible adult as your rep payee - they are not required to give funds directly to you, if it would not be in your best interest.
You mention wanting to go to college. Please be advised that, if you are able to take college classes successfully, this may count against you when Social Security conducts CDR (Continuing Disability Review). The forms you must send in when your case is reviewed require you to mention if you are currently in school. Furthermore, if your condition has improved to the point where you can attend college, work, etc you are required to notify the Social Security Administration.
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You can talk to the Virginia State Department of Rehabilitation about your desire to go to college. Since you are impaired and on SSI you are automatically eligible for this service. Call 1-800-552-5019. You can contact the Social Security Administration about changing payees. If you are mentally disabled, it may be difficult to be your own payee.
This response is meant to be information only and should not be considered to be legal advice. This information is not meant and should not be construed to be the formation of an attorney client relationship. I practice Virginia Workers compensation law and Social Security Disability law.
A payee is not supposed to just give you the money paid by the SSA. Instead, the payee is supposed to look after those funds and make certain that the money is being spent for your care and welfare. If this is not happening, contact the SSA right away and bring this to their attention,
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You've gotten some great advice about resources---the vocational rehabilitation system can help you get the services you need to find work, which is the key to independent living. I would also recommend that you contact Disability Law Center of Virginia, the state Protection & Advocacy program for people with disabilities in your state. They can help you figure out options to live on your own such as Medicaid home and community based services, and they may be able to help if you have issues accessing vocational rehabilitation services including college training. There are some great work incentives for SSI recipients to go to college, and your VR program should be able to help you access free benefits analysis counseling to understand the impact of work on your benefits. If you suspect that your representative payee is mishandling your money, as others have advised you should contact SSA, but you may want to seek advice from Disability Law Center of Virginia as well. Good luck!
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