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New Initiative: Supported Decision-Making

November 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

After extensive conversations with national experts from the public and private sector including the federal health and human services department, who share our desire to see transformative changes in guardianship across the country, it is that the current foundational aspects of guardianship will remain extremely resistant to change primarily because of the profit motive that energizes judges lawyers and guardians to exercise control over and abuse of innocent individuals and families. [- more...]

Wall Street Journal: Abuse Plagues System of Legal Guardians for Adults

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

By ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES and ASHBY JONES Oct. 30, 2015 1:18 p.m. ET One day in March 2012, 71-year-old Linda McDowell received a knock at the door of her small Vancouver, Wash., home. Ms. McDowell needed court-appointed help, the visitor told her. It turned out that Ms. McDowell’s former housemate and companion had pushed for a court petition claiming Ms. McDowell was unable to take care of herself. The petition said Ms. McDowell had recently made an unsafe driving maneuver, had been disruptive [- more...]

Texas: Commentary on Guardianship opinion piece in Austin American-Statesman

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thomas Suehs, former executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and member of the Guardianship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Workgroup recently published an opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman, extolling the benefits of unnamed legislative bills, passed during Texas’ just-completed 84th biennium legislative session, which purport to support Wards during legal Guardianship, which once enacted, typically lasts the duration of the Ward’s [- more...]