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The Institute conducts research into the extent of need for guardianship and/or alternative decision-making support services in Massachusetts. Anecdotal evidence of such needs abounds. Formal research, however, is scarce not only in Massachusetts, but nationwide.
The Institute also sponsors education to bring the results of its research into wider circulation and to stimulate public debate on policy solutions to the unmet need for guardianship and its alternatives.
The Institute also provides advocacy by reaching out to community leaders, policy-makers, scholars and other advocates statewide to encourage better policy to address unmet protective needs in Massachusetts.