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May 27, 2020

Court-Stakeholder Partnerships

    When public and private stakeholders work together under court leadership, states can:

  • Improve court processes
  • Enhance services for people who are or may be subject to guardianship
  • Encourage other decision-making options including supported decision-making, so guardianship is a last resort
  • Support an individualized, functional assessment of a person’s abilities and limitations, including need for supports 
  • Promote limited guardianship orders to preserve self-determination
  • Better protect individual rights
  • Address abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Promote high guardian standards of practice  
  • Strengthen monitoring and use of court databases for tracking cases 

    Stakeholders convened by the court might include:


  • The state unit on aging under the Older Americans Act
  • Adult protective services 
  • The federally funded Protection & Advocacy agency that provides legal representation and advocacy for people with disabilities
  • The state bar association
  • Legal services programs
  • Mental health, health and long-term care agencies 
  • Public and private professional guardians 
  • Family guardians
  • Self-advocates 
  • Regional Social Security and Veterans Administration representatives  
  • Others


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