Protective Payee Services

A Protective Payee provides professional financial management and budget counseling for individuals and families.

Persons who receive disability benefits or other federal benefits may be required to have a "protective payee" to handle their financial matters.  A payee can be a family member, spouse, friend or other interested party.  The Benefits issuer is responsible to make a decision about whether or not a benefit recipient may need a payee based on information provided to them.

Clinton County provides a public protective payee for persons who receive disability benefits from Social Security Administration, Veteran's Administration and/or Department of Human Services.  The Clinton County taxpayers and the clients of the payee service fund this service.  There is a flat fee of $12.00 per month for each client for the payee service.

Referrals are made by Social Security, Department of Human Services, Veteran's Administration, Physicians, Case Workers, etc. Once accepted as a client of the Payee Service, persons may contact the Protective Payee Service by calling Beth Varner at 244-0576 to schedule an appointment.  Enrollment is limited and is based on the applicant's circumstances or urgency.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements:

Persons applying for admission into the Clinton County Protective Payee Service must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have a primary disability diagnosis of mental illness, mental retardation or developmental disability; and
  2. Must have been determined by the Social Security Administration, Veteran's Administration and/or the Department of Human Services to be in need of a payee, and has no family member or friend who is able or willing to assume payee responsibilities; and
  3. Must be a resident of Clinton County at the time of Application into the Payee Service and have resided in Clinton County for a minimum of 90 days preceding the date of application into the Payee Service OR have legal settlement in Clinton County.

Responsibility of Payee Clients:

A payee client, once accepted into the Payee Service, is responsible to abide by the rules and regulations established by the Payee Service.  Any client who does not abide by the rules and regulations is subject to DISCHARGE FROM THE PAYEE SERVICE.

The Clinton County Payee Service reserves the right to discharge clients for repeated violations of the Client Responsibility Rules.