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PUBLIC LAW 101-508 —NOV. 5, 1990 104 STAT. 1388-257 "(III) a facility that is licensed or certified as a care facility under the law of a State or a political subdivision of a State, "(IV) a person who is an administrator, owner, or employee of a facility referred to in subclause (III) if such individual resides in such facility, and the certification of payment to such facility or such person is made only after good faith efforts have been made by the local servicing office of the Social Security Administration to locate an alternative representative payee to whom such certification of payment would serve the best interests of such individual, or "(V) an individual who is determined by the Secretary, on the basis of written findings and under procedures which the Secretary shall prescribe by regulation, to be acceptable to serve as a representative payee. "(iv) The procedures referred to in clause (iii)(V) shall require the individual who will serve as representative payee to establish, to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that— "(I) such individual poses no risk to the beneficiary, "(II) the financial relationship of such individual to the beneficiary poses no substantial conflict of interest, and "(III) no other more suitable representative payee can be found. "(D)(i) Subject to clause (ii), if the Secretary makes a determination described in the first sentence of paragraph (1) with respect to any individual's benefit and determines that direct payment of the benefit to the individual would cause substantial harm to the individual, the Secretary may defer (in the case of initial entitlement) or suspend (in the case of existing entitlement) direct pay- ment of such benefit to the individual, until such time as the selection of a representative payee is made pursuant to this subsection. "(ii)(I) Except as provided in subclause (II), any deferral or suspension of direct payment of a benefit pursuant to clause (i) shall be for a period of not more than 1 month. "(II) Subclause (I) shall not apply in any case in which the individual is, as of the date of the Secretary's determination, legally incompetent or under the age of 15. "(iii) Payment pursuant to this subsection of any benefits which are deferred or suspended pending the selection of a representative payee shall be made to the individual or the representative payee as a single sum or over such period of time as the Secretary determines is in the best interest of the individual entitled to such benefits. "(E)(i) Any individual who is dissatisfied with a determination by the Secretary to certify payment of such individual's benefit to a representative payee under paragraph (1) or with the designation of a particular person to serve as representative payee shall be entitled to a hearing by the Secretary to the same extent as is provided in subsection (b), and to judicial review of the Secretary's final decision as is provided in subsection (g). "(ii) In advance of the certification of payment of an individual's benefit to a representative payee under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall provide written notice of the Secretary s initial determination to certify such payment. Such notice shall be provided to such individual, except that, if such individual— "(I) is under the age of 15, "(II) is an unemancipated minor under the age of 18, or "(III) is legally incompetent.