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

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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California Tackles Decisional Support for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / Comments Off on 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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / Comments Off on 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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / Comments Off on 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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / Comments Off on 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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / Comments Off on 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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Stranger in the House

Saturday, September 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Stranger in the House

“Most home health aides offer vital care to the frail and aged. But some have other designs, leaving too many clients vulnerable to theft and worse. It is a crisis largely unseen, one which state authorities have done little about.” By Linda Matchan, Globe Correspondent   Boston Globe looks at risks to frail persons in…

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Guardianship Reforms, Next Phase Ushered In

Saturday, July 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Guardianship Reforms, Next Phase Ushered In

Written by Colleen Heild – Albuquerque Journal Shaken by an exposé in nearby Nevada of financial abuses by two “professional guardians,” New Mexico institutes legal reforms to thwart opportunities for abuse in their state. Locally, Massachusetts may have adequate legal process, but there is no Office of Public Guardian or knowledgeable public agency to promulgate…

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Massachusetts Former AG Continues Bid for Adult Guardianship Office

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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