Archive for December 2018

California Tackles Decisional Support for the Homeless

Causes of homelessness are addressed by a new conservatorship law in California that is “focused on providing critical services and housing to . . . Californians who suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues, and who cannot care for themselves.” Counties have reservations* about the new bill. Click here to read more about the…

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Guardianship Training in Ohio

An Ohio judge is offering free guardianship training program, prompted in part by the growing need for guardians for children, as a result of the opioid epidemic. Adult guardianship also is considered. Click here to read the full article.

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Cases in the News

Actor Tim Conway’s daughter seeks a conservatorship of her father in the face of concerns about medical decisions being made on his behalf. Click here to read the full article.

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Supported Decision-Making in North Carolina

The Catawba County Adult Collaborative has started a pilot project to transition developmentally disabled persons into adulthood without guardianship. Supported Decision-Making is high on the Institute’s agenda of new programs and processes to support in Massachusetts. Click here to read the full article.

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U.S. Senate Hearing on Elder Protection

On April 18, 2018, the Senate Special Committee on Aging heard testimony on elder financial abuse, with radically different implications for guardianship policy. The Institute is advocating for a Public Guardian in Massachusetts to prevent exactly the abuses described at the hearing. Click to read the full article.  

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Former Attorney General Speaks on Guardianship

Former Attorney General Speaks on Guardianship By Hon. Scott Harshbarger Former Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Guardianship” today means both less and more than it has in the past. Less, because we now understand that decisional support is a spectrum: one size does not fit all, and informal supportive relationships with friends, family…

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