For people with serious cognitive, mental or developmental disabilities, knowing how to manage money properly can mean the difference between living independently, and becoming homeless. Failure to pay the monthly rent or bills can result in the loss of utilities, credit termination and even eviction, placing vulnerable individuals at risk and increasing the need for intervention services.
As a designated Representative Payee, Family & Children’s Service is approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to assist individuals and families who are unable to appropriately manage their finances due to physical, mental or emotional impairment and/or substance abuse. Rep Payee clients may be young or elderly, developmentally disabled or suffering from drug or alcohol addiction or mental health problems. They may be referred to FCS by a local social service organization, a mental health facility, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, the SSA, the Veterans Administration and/or a private physician.
Tricia R. is a walking miracle. After an accident left her in a coma, doctors told her family to say their goodbyes. But Tricia had other ideas. She awoke to learn to talk, walk and live again. Tricia still has trouble remembering things, which is why she came to us for help. Now we take care of Tricia’s finances, so she can take care of herself.
Our qualified, professional staff serves as the client’s money manager, paying monthly rent, utilities and other important bills on their behalf. We have a strong commitment to each client and maintain responsibility to ensure that his or her daily basic life needs are met by:
- Distributing clients’ funds most effectively
- Working with social workers to determine the best plan
for each client’s monthly budget
- Working with the Social Security Administration to exchange
information and ensure clients’ funds are continual
- Conserving and protecting any excess funds the client may
possess to his or her benefit
- Preventing clients from becoming homeless, which in turn improves their quality of life and reduces the need for intervention by the Monmouth County Division of Social Services
The Representative Payee Program is fully bonded in the state of New Jersey.
There is a nominal monthly fee based on client’s ability to pay.