21 Valuable Resources and Tools for Rep Payees
Running a Representative Payee program often means juggling a lot of responsibilities and urgent tasks with a finite budget and a limited staff. But even with these restrictions, you want to do good work for the people you serve. So, where can you turn for help that doesn’t break the bank? Guest expert Ali Tabatabai, President and CEO of New Leaf Solutions pulled together this list of useful resources for program operators and employees.
Leadership and Business Management Books
Many Rep Payees are drawn to the work because of their desire to help people. Some may have a business background, while others are navigating how to launch and run a business for the first time. These books (available in print and audio) can provide valuable insights no matter your background:
- Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Toolkit for Entrepreneurs by Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham: The authors have adapted their best advice as Inc. magazine columnists into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins: This book explores what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great.
- Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss: A former hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new approach to high-stakes negotiations and other conversations in business and life.
- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong about the World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling: According to one review, “Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.”
- Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal: Using a multidisciplinary approach to management, this four-frame model offers a powerful set of tools for more effective leadership.
- Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict by Donna Hicks: A noted conflict-resolution expert explores dignity, its role in human conflict, and its power to improve relationships.
Associations and Advocacy
These websites can be great resources to help Rep Payees stay up to date on Social Security Administration (SSA) policy updates, and other relevant information.
- The Arc: Stay informed about the advocacy work The Arc is doing to fight for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- National Academy on Social Insurance: The Academy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to increase public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.
- Justice in Aging: A national nonprofit legal advocacy organization that fights to protect the rights of poor seniors and strengthen the programs they rely on.
- The National Center on Law and Elder Rights: NCLER works to strengthen the legal services delivery system for older adults through trainings, case consultations, and other resources.
- National Employment Network Association (Ticket to Work program) - The National Employment Network Association (NENA) serves Employment Networks and other stakeholders involved in the SSA's Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program.
Online Resources to Develop Trainings
Whether you’re upleveling your own knowledge or offering training to your team, these websites provide essential information about your work and those you serve.
- Disability Benefits 101: Tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits.
- The SSA Program Operations Manual System (“The POMS”): The primary source of information used by Social Security employees to process claims for benefits.
- Nolo Law – Social Security Disability and SSI: Learn about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who might qualify for benefits.
Platforms and Tools to Streamline Workflows
There are a number of digital tools and online platforms available today that can help you save time on common processes and keep your teams and records organized.
- Zoho, Zendesk, and Salesforce: These Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools can help you manage communications and enhance your customer service.
- Monday.com: A project management tool that helps teams stay organized and track who needs to do what tasks, in what order, and by what date.
- Rise: This online platform allows you to create courses, guides, and other training content for your teams.
- Slack: A way to communicate with other members of your team to share organization-wide announcements, chat 1on1, or collaborate around specific projects.
- True Link Financial (you know we had to add one more!): Our platform helps streamline your recordkeeping and reporting processes to help make your audits a little bit smoother.
And that’s it – twenty one recommendations for tools and resources! A big thanks to Ali Tabatabai from New Leaf Solutions who curated this great list.