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Title Informing Social Security's process for financial capability determination / Committee to Evaluate the Social Security Administration's Capability Determination Process for Adult Beneficiaries ; Paul S. Appelbaum, Carol Mason Spicer, Frank R. Valliere, editors ; Board on the Health of Select Populations, Institute of Medicine, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine
Published Washington, DC : The National Academies Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (1 PDF file (xx, 223 pages)) : color illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Review of the Social Security Administration and other selected capability determination processes -- Effects of appointment of representative payees on beneficiaries -- Abilities required to management direct the management of benefits -- Methods and measures for assessing financial competence and performance -- Conclusions and recommendations -- Appendix A: Public session agendas -- Appendix B: Glossary -- Appendix C: Selected forms -- Appendix D: Biographical sketches of Committee members
Summary "The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to disabled adults and children, offering vital financial support to more than 19 million disabled Americans. Of that group, approximately 5.5 million have been deemed by virtue of youth or mental or physical impairment - incapable of managing or directing the management of their benefits. Hence, a representative payee has been appointed to receive and disburse SSA payments for these beneficiaries to ensure that their basic needs for shelter, food, and clothing are met. Periodically, however, concerns have been expressed about the accuracy of the process by which SSA determines whether beneficiaries are capable of managing their benefits, with some evidence suggesting that underdetection of incapable recipients may be a particular problem. The importance of creating as accurate a process as possible for incapability determinations is underscored by the consequences of incorrectly identifying recipients either as incapable when they can manage their benefits or as capable when they cannot. Failure to identify beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their funds means abandoning a vulnerable population to potential homelessness, hunger, and disease. Informing Social Security's Process for Financial Capability Determination considers capability determination processes used by other similar benefit programs, abilities required to manage, and direct the management of, benefits, and effective methods and measures for assessing capability. This report evaluates SSA s capability determination process for adult beneficiaries and provides recommendations for improving the accuracy and efficiency of the agency's policy and procedures for making these determinations"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed July 12, 2016)
Subject United States. Social Security Administration -- Decision making
United States Social Security Administration
United States. Social Security Administration
Disability evaluation -- United States
Capacity and disability -- United States
People with disabilities -- Services for -- Government policy -- United States
Disability evaluation.
Medical policy.
Disability Evaluation
Health Policy
Health Services for Persons with Disabilities -- economics
Program Evaluation
Social Security -- statistics & numerical data
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
Medical policy
Capacity and disability
Decision making
Disability evaluation
People with disabilities -- Services for -- Government policy
United States
United States
Form Electronic book
Author Appelbaum, Paul S., editor
Spicer, Carol Mason, editor
Valliere, Frank R., editor
ISBN 9780309392587