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Guardianship Proceedings in New York State: Findings and Recommendations
States across the nation struggle with tracking guardianship caseloads; identifying the number of active cases, and the status of a case, is often beyond their reach. Record keeping is often inconsistent or antiquated, and most states lack centralized data tracking systems. Better understanding of how guardianship proceedings are carried out in practice is imperative in order to improve current practices and public policy. To begin to fill this knowledge gap, in 2011, the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College began an in-depth file review in 14 counties across New York State.