Do you know about being a SSI Payee?

@tammyr (5956)
Etowah, Tennessee
June 16, 2010 10:09pm CST
I have a "friend" who badly needs a payee!! He gets $674 a month and is now $551 OVERDRAWN!! I have no idea what needs to be done or how to go about it. ANY information would be GREATLY appreciated. I am willing to do this for him, but don't know how to get started on it. Thank you in advance!
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
17 Jun 10
I recommend you set up a meeting with your friend and their caseworker/socialworker/casemanger.. And Talk it over about this... The worker can help your friend.. find and choose a payee on their own.. temporarily or for awhile.. .. I am not sure if they can not force them to choose someone else as their payee or not.. It depends on the kind of plan they are.. but the one my sister is on.. is SSI and they can not force her to choose a payee.. And they feel if she ends up with a bad fine.. to let them serve the jail time, for awhile.. but my issue with that is then the jail turns around and wants to charge them for the jail time and stay.. and slap another fine on them for the charge.. So it makes them get into a deeper hole.. So I am not fond of that system... The only thing I can recommend is to encourage your friend to save their money, and pay their fine, and help them find work opportunities... What I did with my sister is I let her dog things for me... Then I paid her fines for her in person with her present.. In some cases.. in others I did not.. and let her fall in the hole... as much I did not like it.. I did not have a choice as I do not have enough money to support myself .. since I am 30 years old and my parents own my home.. It's quite a mess.. Not sure what else to tell you.. But the worker can tell you what is all involved.. and answer your questions for you.
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@tammyr (5956)
• Etowah, Tennessee
17 Jun 10
He wants a payee so it won't be forced. His disability is the reason he is unable to control his money. He has no impulse control and has absolutely no concept of a budget. I am not paying for his mistake. He will have to bite the bullet and deal with the consequences on this one. I am going to talk to the bank and see what can be done about keeping it from getting worse. Thank you for your help.
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• United States
2 Aug 10
This is something you want to take into consideration before agreeing to serve as his payee. If he has trouble with impulse control, is he going to be bugging you constantly for money and is that going to eventually destroy your friendship? If you are legally committed to control the money and he is always asking you to break the rules based on your friendship, at what pressure point will your friendship break?
@snowy22315 (49067)
• United States
19 Jun 10
Check with social security about this, and or your local mental health center, or social services. There are also commercial payee services that can help you out. It does sound like the individual is question does need a payee and there are some people and services availabel for this.
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