Budget & Finance

The Arc Lane County provides representative payee services to individuals in the Eugene/Springfield metro area who need assistance managing their personal financial affairs. The Representative Payee Program provides payee services to case managed clients through Lane County Developmental Disability Services and the brokerages. The program helps clients manage their Social Security benefits. This program is an authorized service through the Social Security Administration.

What is a Representative Payee?

A Representative Payee is an individual or an organization designated to receive disability benefits on a client’s behalf. The Representative Payee then helps the client to budget the money and disburses the funds to pay for current needs, including housing and utilities, food, medical expenses, personal care and clothing. The Representative Payee must keep records of how the client’s money is spent. This information is reported regularly to the Social Security Administration or to the Office of Personnel Management. The client meets regularly with assigned staff at The Arc to review his/her monthly budget and discuss financial goals or additional funding requests.

Primary duties of a representative payee

The job of the representative payee is to see to the immediate needs of the Social Security recipient and to retain any money that is not needed immediately so that it can be used to meet future needs.The primary duties of the representative payee are to use the benefits of the beneficiary to do the following:

  • Make sure the beneficiary has food and shelter.
  • Provide medical or dental care not covered by insurance.
  • Cover rehabilitation expenses.
  • Fulfill personal needs such as clothing and recreation.

Contact your brokerage to learn more about The Arc’s financial services.