Services we offer

         Representative Payee Services

The Arc Kent is pleased to be offering Representative Payee services. Representative Payee Services will manage benefits by paying living expenses from a month’s budget with the benefits social security (SS), supplemental security(SSI), or social security disability (SSDI) income.

As representative payee The Arc Kent County is responsible for managing, documenting and reporting the use of all funds they receive as payee. In accordance with Social Security Administration (SSA) and best practice The Arc Kent County will gather all necessary information and legal documentation required to become Rep Payee and meet with the beneficiary/guardian to create a monthly budget. Individuals served (or designee) will receive a quarterly statement detailing expenses paid and SSA income.

IMPORTANT!

SSA appoints representative payees to manage Social Security and Supplemental Security benefits ONLY.

The Arc Kent County Rep Payee Best Practices

The Arc Kent County will treat all individuals served with dignity and respect and when able will provide education on money management, support alternatives to expensive purchases and affordable and safe housing options.

 

What does an Organization Representative Payee do?

The Arc Kent County is pleased to offer Representative Payee services. Representative Payee Services will manage benefits by paying living expenses from a month’s budget with the benefits social security (SS), supplemental security(SSI), or social security disability (SSDI) income.

​Organizational Representative Responsibilities

As representative payee The Arc Kent County is responsible for managing, documenting and reporting the use of all funds they receive as payee.  In accordance with Social Security Administration (SSA) and best practice The Arc Kent County will gather all necessary information and legal documentation required to become Rep Payee and create a monthly budget.

        Governmental & Financial Benefits

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities qualify for disability benefits such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, Family Support Subsidy, Adult Home Help Services, and much more. The Arc staff can help answer questions that parents or guardians have about these and other entitlements.

      Community & Information Outreach Referrals

 

The Arc Kent County provides families with direct information about community resources as well as referrals to schools, physicians, dentists, attorneys, and others. Printed information is available upon request. A sample mailing packet would include: our national, brochure explaining the programs and services of The Arc Kent County, a membership application, plus other information relating to a specific request.

With education and awareness comes understanding and acceptance. The Arc Kent County views increased public awareness as one of the major components to greater understanding and community acceptance of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To this end, The Arc Kent County staff provides members, families, professionals, organizations, and the community-at-large with direct and indirect information about intellectual and developmental disabilities.

        Special Education Law & Advocacy

Our staff is knowledgeable and provides experienced assistance and support to parents or guardians in preparing and understanding the Individual Education Plan (IEP), based on the 2004 re-authorized federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“I.D.E.I.A.”) and Michigan’s Mandatory Special Education Act for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

       Home Help Services Benefits

Adult Home Help Services is a program operated by the Michigan Department of Human Services.

Adult Home Help Services (“AHHS”) are those characterized as unskilled and non-specialized activities, including personal care, essential to the care of the client and maintenance of the home. AHHS assists aged, blind, disabled and other functionally-limited individuals with necessary daily activities, which they cannot perform without assistance. The goal of this service is to maintain the recipient in his/her home and avoid a placement into an alternative care facility, that is, a nursing home or adult foster care arrangement. This goal is accomplished by identifying the client’s natural support system and strengthening it whenever possible.

Who is Eligible?

The individual needing services must have MEDICAID eligibility, require home help personal care, and must be living in an unlicensed setting.

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