• For more information on the Representative Payee Program:

  • For more information on the Public Guardian- Conservator program: 

  • Helpful links/forms for Public Guardian-Conservator program:

Capacity Declaration-Probate

Dementia Attachment for Capacity Declaration-Probate

Superior Courts Tehama county-Probate Court Self Help


Representative Payee Program

Representative Payee Program

The Tehama County’s Representative Payee programs (Rep Payee) main duties are to use the client’s benefits to pay for the current and future needs of the beneficiary, and properly save any benefits not needed to meet current needs. A rep payee is an individual or organization that receives Social Security and/or SSI payments for someone who cannot manage or direct someone else to manage his/her money. The representative payee’s responsibility is to use the funds to pay for the current and foreseeable needs of the consumer for food, clothing and housing, recreation and miscellaneous expenses. Any funds left over after meeting the consumer’s current and foreseeable needs are kept in an interest bearing account.

A fee will be charged to all clients for payee services.  This fee is set by Social Security. The 2016 fee is: $41.00

      The Tehama County’s Rep Payee staff work very closely with the Department of Public Health Division of Mental Health and Social Security Administration to ensure that our clients' financial stability is maintained.

     Currently Tehama County's Rep Payee program is not serving clients that are receiving Veteran benefits, Pensions, or Annuities.

Check pick-up times


10:00 and 11:45 or from 2:00 to 4:00*

*UNLESS you are with your home health worker or case manager.



Guidelines for Rep Payee Clients:

1.     Must be able to provide birth certificate, proper identification, picture ID, and social security card.

2.     Must provide all insurance cards such as: Medi-Cal card, Medicare card, or any other private or secondary insurance cards.

3.     Must sign a release of information consent, this will help the payee better serve you by communicating with Mental Health, Social Services, Family Members, Landlords, and Social Security.

4.     Please allow 7 to 10 working days to have a check request fulfilled.  

5.     It is the responsibility of the case manager and client to change the billing address of all vendors that the payee office will have to deal with.

6.     All questions for your payee are to be directed to YOUR case manager. Please contact your case manager for any questions you have or concerns you have regarding check requests for example: questions about amounts, when to pick up your check or if they have been processed.  If you need to change the day you pick up your check, or if you want to pick it up early or any other questions that may arise, you will still need to contact your case manager. The Public Guardian’s Office will refer you back to your case manager if you do not contact them first.

7.     The case manager is responsible for completing a change of address form whenever a client moves.  This needs to take place within 3 days of the move, as our office is responsible for notifying Social Security within 10 days.

8.     When a client moves case manager is also responsible for putting in a check request within one day of change.  You will need to put in a request for rent and one for P&I or groceries.  If this is not done in a timely manner, it creates problems with the wrong vendor being paid or the check going to the wrong address.

9.     Please submit a change immediately when a new case manager is assigned.

10.   The Public Guardian Office requires receipts for all check requests. If receipts are not provided, you can be in jeopardy of being terminated from the program.  

11.   All applicants are expected to follow the guidelines and the terms of the program.  Failure to do so can result in termination.


For more information on the Rep Payee Program:

Public Administrator Program

Public Administrator Program

The Public Administrator is responsible for administering the estate of a Tehama county resident who dies without a will or family in California. Estate administration may include marshaling all assets, selling real or personal property, performing heir searches, and overseeing the distribution of the estate. The activities are supervised by the superior court. The Public Administrator may also supervise the county’s indigent burial program.

California Probate Code §7600 et. Seq. describes the powers and responsibilities of the Tehama County Public Administrator.

There are a variety of ways that the Public Administrator is notified of estates that require administration. The Coroner's Office, Public Guardians Office, other public employees, hospitals and concerned citizens notify the Public Administrator when there has been a death and there is no known next of kin. When the Public Administrator becomes aware of an estate that needs administration, he/she has the responsibility of attempting to locate a will, the next of kin and protect all assets of an estate.

Indigent Cremation 

Indigent Form: 

Below is the link to a packet of information that will need to be completely filled out prior then reviewed by the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. Please take time to review the entire packet. If you have any questions, the Coroner's office staff will be glad to assist you. You can call 530-527-1130 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information:

Public Guardian/Public Conservator

Public Guardian-Conservator


The Public Guardian-Conservator-Administrator provides mandated conservatorship and estate administration services as specified by the Probate Code and Welfare and Institution’s Code.

The Public Guardian-Conservator serves as conservator of a person and/or estate of individuals needing protective intervention. The two types of conservatorship, Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) and probate, can only be established by order of the superior court. LPS and Probate conservatorships include handling of basic personal and financial needs to people vulnerable to either physical, emotional or financial abuse or neglect. Assess the physical, mental and financial needs of the conservatee, developing a comprehensive care plan for immediate and long-term care, including locating and managing all assets and income. Achieved by collaborating with and advocating on behalf of the conservatee to government agencies, private parties, relatives and any other individual or entity. As LPS conservator, Public Conservators are responsible for directing the mental health treatment and placement of their clients. Referrals for probate conservatorship usually come from another community agency, institution, or physician. 

For more information:

Helpful links/forms:

Capacity Declaration-Probate

Dementia Attachment for Capacity Declaration-Probate

Superior Courts Tehama county-Probate Court Self Help

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