August 22, 2021 RAPID RESPONSE

#FreeBritney: Transforming and Reforming Conservatorship and Guardianship

Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle has shed light on the widespread problems and overuse of conservatorships/guardianships nationwide. Guardianships can be abusive and unnecessarily strip individuals of their civil rights to make their own decisions and use supports to live and direct their lives. Disability, aging, and civil rights advocates are calling for changes to reduce the overuse of guardianship and conservatorship, to strengthen recognition and use of less restrictive alternatives to guardianship like supported decision-making, and increase due process protections in guardianship proceedings and in the monitoring of guardianships. Our panel of experts discusses the risks and harms of guardianship, its systemic flaws, and the promise of alternatives like supported decision-making. They discuss reforms and changes that can address the problems that Britney Spears’ case has brought to light.

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Resources

Fourth National Guardianship Summit: Maximizing Autonomy and Ensuring Accountability Recommendations

Why a Federal Adult Guardianship Court Improvement Program is Needed

National Adult Guardianship Court Improvement Program

Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

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