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1 Public Guardianship John Fillbrandt Minnesota Department of Human Services June 21, 20110

2 History and Background 1917 – Mental Retardation Guardianship Act State Schools - Hospitals

3 History and Background Current Demographics: Approximately 2300 Wards in Minnesota, in Minnesota, Some dating back to 1920’s Public vs Private Guardianship

4 Authorities –Minnesota Statutes 252A.01 to 252A.21 –Minnesota Rules to General Law by Reference: Minnesota Statutes 524.5

5 Political Correctness Persons are Developmentally Disabled

6 Legal Terms  Guardian  Guardian ad litem  Conservator  Power of Attorney

7 Who is a Guardianship Candidate? “The person is an adult with mental retardation and impaired to the extent of lacking sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible personal decisions, and who has demonstrated deficits in behavior which evidence an inability to meet personal needs for health and safety.”

8 CANDIDATES  The person is in need of the supervision and protection of a guardian.  That no appropriate alternatives to public guardianship exists that would be less restrictive of the person’s civil rights and liberties.

9 POWERS “ The duty and power to exercise supervisory authority over the ward in a manner that limits civil rights and restricts personal freedom only to the extent necessary to provide needed care and services.” “ The duty and power to exercise supervisory authority over the ward in a manner that limits civil rights and restricts personal freedom only to the extent necessary to provide needed care and services.”

10 POWERS Delegated vs Non-Delegated Non-Delegated

11 Non-Delegated Powers  Consent for DNR-DNI  Consent to Limit Medical Treatment (LMT)  Participation in Research

12 Non-Delegated Powers  Consent for Electro-convulsive Therapy  Sterilization  Psychosurgery

13 Delegated POWERS General. Except as otherwise provided in this section, sections and , apply to the powers and duties of a public guardian. General. Except as otherwise provided in this section, sections and , apply to the powers and duties of a public guardian

14 Delegated POWERS  Determine Place of Residence  Give necessary consent for medical or other care* (see non- delegated powers)  Approve or withhold approval of contracts (marriage)

15 Delegated POWERS  Consent to use Aversive or Deprivation Procedures  Consent to use Psychotropic Medications  Consent to be Photographed or Filmed  Consent to Release Information

16 Delegated Powers Additional powers. Additional powers. In addition to the powers contained in sections and , the powers of a public guardian that the court may grant include: In addition to the powers contained in sections and , the powers of a public guardian that the court may grant include:

17 Delegated Powers  the power to permit or withhold permission for the ward to marry;  the power to begin legal action or defend against legal action in the name of the ward; and  the power to consent to the adoption of the ward (MS , subd 3)

18 DUTIES  Visit ward at least twice a year  Take actions to maximize independent functioning and personal freedom  Consult with family  Submit Annual Review

19 Annual Review Around ward’s birthday  A. physical adjustment and progress ;  B. mental adjustment and progress;  C. social adjustment and progress; and  D. legal status based on A to C.

20 Duties Separation of Roles of Case Manager – Guardian Best-Interest Decisions for Ward

21 ETHICS What does it mean to make Best- Interest Decisions for someone?

22 Special Problems Associations: Independence vs Risk Family Involvement Conservatorship Assets, Estates,

23 End-of-Life  Do Not Resuscitate-Do Not Intubate  Limited Medical Treatment – advance directives, hospice  Organ Donation – Minnesota Statutes 525A.01 Darlene Luther Anatomical Gifts Act

24 End-of-Life  Care of Remains  Cremation  Burial Customs

25 Contact  John Fillbrandt   Fax Department of Human Services PO Box St. Paul Minnesota


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