Representative Payee



UCP of Michigan (through UCP Detroit) can be appointed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive Social Security and/or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for someone who cannot manage or direct someone else to manage his or her money.


The core responsibilities of a payee are to use the benefits to pay for the present and foreseeable needs of the beneficiary and properly save any benefits not needed to meet current needs. A payee must also keep records of expenses. When SSA requests a report, a payee must provide an accounting to SSA of how benefits were used or saved.  A payee acts on behalf of the beneficiary and is responsible for everything related to benefits that a capable beneficiary would do for himself or herself. SSA encourages payees to go beyond just managing finances and to be actively involved in the beneficiary’s life. The following lists the required duties of a payee.



A Guide For Representative Payees

For more information contact:

Lynn Davey at (248) 557-5070 ext. 118


Contact Us


United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
1325 S. Washington Ave.
 Lansing, MI 48910


(517) 203-1200
(517) 203-1203 (fax)


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