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Public Guardianship : In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People?

Teaster, Pamela B. ;Lawrence, Susan A. ;Mendiondo, Marta S. ;Schmidt, Winsor C., Jr. ;Wood, Erica F.


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  • Title:
    Public Guardianship : In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People?
  • Author: Teaster, Pamela B. ; Lawrence, Susan A. ; Mendiondo, Marta S. ; Schmidt, Winsor C., Jr. ; Wood, Erica F.
  • Description: Public Guardianship: In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People? is written to advance public understanding of what happens to disabled and elderly adults when no family member or friend is available to be a caregiver or guardian should it become necessary. It is the first major study on this critically important issue since 1981. Conducted by experts in gerontology, social work, public policy, and public health, it finds that, although progress has been made, guardianship programs around the country still are hampered by limited staff and resources. Public Guardianship analyzes the full range of state statutes governing guardianship, including guardian eligibility, investigation, due process, rights, powers, costs, and monitoring. The authors report their case studies of public guardianship programs, marshaling and comparing field data from their surveys of stakeholders in ten states. The book concludes with a variety of recommendations for improving guardianship programs, including...
    Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. State Statutory Analysis: Adult Guardianship and Public Guardianship Law -- 3. Case Studies -- 4. Conclusions and Recommendations -- 5. Model Public Guardianship Act -- Appendices -- Appendix A: State Public Guardianship Statutory Charts -- Table 1: Statutory Authority and Type of Program -- Table 2: Procedural Due Process Safeguards in Guardianship -- Table 3: Assessment -- Civil Liberties -- Selection of Guardian -- Table 4: Powers and Duties of Guardians -- Costs -- Table 5: Additional Guardianship Provisions -- Appendix B: State Public Guardianship Profiles -- Appendix C: Classification of Models by State -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- .
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: Westport: ABC-CLIO, LLC
  • Identifier: E-ISBN: 9780313378287 ; ISBN: 9780313378270
  • Subjects: Guardian and ward -- United States ; Capacity and disability -- United States ; People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States ; People with disabilities -- Services for -- Government policy -- United States ; People with disabilities -- Care -- Government policy -- United States
  • Language: English

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