Karen-Mae L'Italien

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Supported Decision Making: Fostering the Self-Determination of Individuals with Disabilities

By Karen-Mae L'Italien / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Supported Decision Making: Fostering the Self-Determination of Individuals with Disabilities

The Massachusetts Guardianship Institute partnered with students enrolled in the Legal Skills in Social Context program, a social justice clinical offering at Northeastern University School of Law, in a project to review supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship. Students conducted a detailed review of literature and policy surrounding supported decision making, including its…

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Join us for Guardianship Rounds!

By Karen-Mae L'Italien / Tuesday, January 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Join us for Guardianship Rounds!

The Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute is excited to offer a new initiative – Guardianship Rounds.  

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Non-profit Group Seeks to Expand the Availability of Public Guardians

By Karen-Mae L'Italien / Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Non-profit Group Seeks to Expand the Availability of Public Guardians

A non-profit group that seeks to expand the availability of public guardians, the Guardian Community Trust, says the state is facing a crisis of scarcity, with anywhere from 2,800 to 3,800 people who need guardians each year unable to access one. A proposed bill in the state Legislature would create a system where the private…

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A National Perspective on Guardianship and Decisional Support Conference Recap

By Karen-Mae L'Italien / Wednesday, December 6, 2017 / Comments Off on A National Perspective on Guardianship and Decisional Support Conference Recap

A National Perspective on Guardianship and Decisional Support From: Heather Connors, Ph.D., and Traci Cucinotta, MSW, MBE To: Conference Participants and Institute Subscribers Report Date: January 19, 2018 Event Date: December 6, 2017 Abstract “A National Perspective on Guardianship and Decisional Support,” co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute and the National Association of Social Workers,…

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Massachusetts Former AG Continues Bid for Adult Guardianship Office

By Karen-Mae L'Italien / Friday, May 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Massachusetts Former AG Continues Bid for Adult Guardianship Office

…”former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger is asking lawmakers to pick up an unfinished piece of the reforms he sought around elder protection and adult guardianship. Harshbarger on Monday asked the Judiciary Committee to throw its support behind a bill that would establish a state office of adult guardianship as a public-private partnership that would handle…

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