What is this service?
The Office of the Public Guardian as Public Representative Payee acts as a substitute payee as designated by the Social Security Administration for individuals who have difficulty managing money or their financial affairs. On behalf of the individual, the Office of the Public Guardian receives their monthly income, makes payments to cover their monthly expenses and manages their financial resources.
This program is limited to individuals who receive a steady income through public entitlements, public benefit programs or other stable, ongoing benefits programs. All applicants must have a case manager affiliated with a public agency or non-profit organization. The case manager must be willing and able to prepare a monthly budget and monitor the activities of the applicant.
The purpose for this program is to provide financial management for individuals whose needs can be met without the formality of a conservatorship. This is in accordance with California Welfare and Institutions Code 8000; California Government Code Section 27436.
Who can use this service?
The Office of the Public Guardian provides services as payee for individuals who:
- have difficulty managing money or their financial affairs
- are required to have a designated payee by the Social Security Administration, and
- are receiving case management services through another public agency or a private non-profit organization
Is there a charge for this service?
The charge for this service is based on the approved monthly rate by the Social Security Administration, which is currently $44 per month.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.