What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? New Jersey
Hello, I am disabled (Mental disability), currently recieving SSDI. I cannot afford to live where I am now, and am in need to move across the country away from my representative payee. She is my mother, the only one I trust to take care of these things, and I requested a representative payee in the first place.
This is how it happened: I was asked 'Do you want a representative payee?' and I said yes.
Now, my mom is disabled too, she's terminally ill, she doesn't have long for this world. We also can't afford to go to a psychiatrist (even on medicare) so I won't see a psychiatrist since earning SSDI, for another two months. For the past year almost, I have been training and training on budgeting and finances myself. Both myself and my mother agree that I can take care of my finances now, and if I get on medication, should be able to work to boot.
My questions are thus: My representative payee was at my request, they say 'Do you want a representative Payee?' I said yes and pointed to my mother. How do I reverse this after 2 years? Did I just throw myself in a pit of bureacracy that I won't escape without a teethpulling-equivalent of an adventure in legal problems and trying to get to a doctor that I can't afford?
Keep in mind, I am trying to move across country specifically so that I can afford to go to a psychiatrist and pay for my own medical treatment. My mom is also dying, and I need to be able to handle my own money.
What will it take to have my mom dismissed as a representative payee and for me to handle my own finances, seeing as it was voluntary, or did voluntarily requesting a payee trap me into involuntarily having a representative payee?
Further clarification: I have never had a problem taking care of my own money, nothing in my medical reports would contend that statement. I have a fear of alcohal and drugs so am not a substance abuser.
I am schizo-effective.
One of my Social Security letter says: As <NAME> requested, beginning august 2007 any social security payments will be sent to the financial institution he selected. (In otherwards, even the first sentence in the first letter I got confirms it was voluntary.)