Veterans Representative Payee Program (VRPP) is a representative
payee program similar to MAP,
but specifically for veterans. It operates from offices located at the Veterans Administration in West Los Angeles.
A representative payee (in this case St. Joseph
Center) receives a person's public benefit (such as social security
insurance or veteran's compensation ) and ensures that these benefits
are first used to meet basic needs and then to establish some form
of savings. VRPP serves homeless veterans, many with mental health
and/or substance abuse issues. Support services provided include
socialization and life skills training with a goal of moving veterans
toward increased stability and self-sufficiency so that they will
eventually be able to manage their own finances.
Based on more than two decades of pioneering work in the money management
field, St. Joseph Center has developed and implemented a comprehensive
program at VRPP that provides money management education, case management
services, and housing assistance. A 1997 study
conducted by a UCLA
Veterans Administration research psychologist found that St. Joseph
Center's Veterans Representative Payee Program saves taxpayers $1
million annually by dramatically reducing participating veterans'
volunteers help with such administrative
tasks as filing bank records and checks and other with office tasks.
Please note: this position is located at the VA Medical
Center in West LA.