Archive for January 2019

Office of Guardianship Oversight

Please call your State Senator and State Representative TODAY! As you know, the Massachusetts State Legislature began its new two-year session three weeks ago. In this session, the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute (the “Institute”)  has initiated a bill to establish an Office of Adult Decisional Support Services within the Trial Court: This proposed legislation would…

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Recap of the National Guardianship Association Meeting 2018

Recap of the National Guardianship Association Meeting by Heather Connors, Ph.D In October, the Guardianship Institute sent three representatives to the National Guardianship Association Annual Meeting in Palm Springs California. The conference brings together guardians and guardianship stakeholders from across the nation to learn, network and share resources. Educational opportunities included keynote speakers, breakout sessions…

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A Guardianship Policy for the 21st Century

A Guardianship Policy for the 21st Century by Peter Macy, Ed.M, J.D. The Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute (the “Institute”) advocates two important reforms to the guardianship/conservatorship system in Massachusetts: (1) a public guardian for the most isolated and indigent individuals in need; and (2) a state office to oversee the quality, impact, cost‐effectiveness and adequacy…

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Decision Making Conference Recap

Models for Decisional Help Balancing Autonomy and Risk By Heather Connors, Ph.d. Photo Credit: Corinna Spinale One of the greatest challenges of serving as someone’s guardian or conservator is knowing when to limit interventions, so as to maintain the individual’s independence and dignity, without unduly risking harm to him or her, or to others.

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