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Guardianship & Representative Payee


The Arc of Bristol County provides a full range of guardianship services for individuals. As guardian of the person, The Arc monitors all facets of the person’s life from services they receive, to medical attention they need.  The Arc will work with the agencies providing services to the individuals to insure they are part of programming that will meet their individual needs.  The Arc will also work with hospitals and medical staff to secure necessary treatment is provided to the person.

For more information, contact Susan Astle, Director of Guardianship Services: 508-679-0001.

Representative Payee

To obtain Representative Payee Services, you must meet the definition of a beneficiary who is incapable of managing their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. You must receive some type of support services either through us or another agency and be in need of a payee. We do charge an administrative fee which is set by the Social Security Administration. For more information contact us at (508) 226-1445.

Trust Services

The Arc of Bristol County, in its further commitment to making a difference in the lives of elders, individuals with disabilities and their families, is proud to offer Trust Management Services.

What is Trust Management?

As most of us are familiar with the conventional life-planning strategy of a health care proxy, will, or power of attorney, you may not be aware of the possibility of providing your loved one with alternatives with various trust options.  A trust is a legal plan for placing funds and other assets in the control of a trustee for the benefits of an individual.   It is a considerably less expensive alternative for the protection of an individual’s assets without having the individual declared incompetent.

Which plan should I choose?

With several estate planning options available, there is no “one size fits all” in assessing the needs for your own and the future of your loved one. The Arc of Bristol County will provide a comprehensive personalized plan by working directly with individuals and families in a caring and concerned environment, to develop options that maximize wealth preservation, maintain funding and eligibility requirements for government programs and public benefits, and prepare for long-term care. These services include wills, special or supplemental needs trusts, pooled trusts, health care proxies, powers of attorney, guardianships, representative payee and Roger’s monitor.


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