CEPS, as a representative payee agency, serves individuals who are unable to manage their own Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, or Veteran’s benefits. These individuals may have physical or mental disabilities, be elderly, or face other challenges that prevent them from handling their financial affairs independently. CEPS is appointed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Veteran’s Administration, or other relevant agencies to receive and manage the benefit payments on behalf of the beneficiaries.

The primary role of CEPS is to ensure that the beneficiaries’ basic needs are met by using their benefits appropriately. This includes handling the funds responsibly, paying for housing, food, clothing, medical expenses, and other essential needs of the beneficiaries. The agency is also responsible for maintaining accurate records, reporting to the SSA, and advocating for the best interests of the beneficiaries.

CEPS plays a vital role in safeguarding the financial well-being and overall welfare of individuals who require assistance in managing their government benefits.


How to Enroll

Once you enroll with CEPS for payee services, social security or the Veterans Administration will then begin sending your monthly benefits to CEPS. From then on, CEPS primary responsibility will be to see that those funds are disbursed in the best interests of the client. This means that CEPS will be responsible for seeing that the fundamental living expense items such as rent, groceries, and other basic needs are paid on time and to the proper persons. This arrangement minimizes opportunities for the misuse or misappropriation of the funds which are intended for the benefit of the client.

What to Turn Into CEPS

Before turning in your intake packet, please make sure to include the following:

  • Emergency Contact
  • Identification
  • Social Security card
  • Medi-Cal card
  • Medicare card
  • Social Security Information
  • Other income information
  • Current bills (utilities, credit cards, fines, etc.)
  • Rental Agreement
  • Current Photo