The Guardian Institute provides support to lay and professional guardians, and to individuals under guardianship.We develop solutions to meet the need for guardians for our very low income incapacitated individuals who have no family or friends and do not have funds to pay for professional guardianship services.
Studies show that many individuals with disabilities have been abused in some way during their lifetime and need an advocate.
With our aging population, the elderly are increasingly vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. These individuals need advocacy and competent oversight to stay as safe and as independent as possible.
The Guardian Institute stands ready to help those who help our most vulnerable.
President, National Guardianship Association
No one wants to be perceived as unethical. Guardians and Conservators must understand key actions to take and actions to avoid in order to make effective decisions that are obviously ethical, easily explained, and clearly justified, when needed. In this presentation, Heather will bring to life the 21 NGA Standards of Practice that Guardians and Conservators should know and use.
Crisis Stabilization Counselor, Sound Health
Attorney, Harlowe & Falk
CPG & Principal, Smerken Consulting Eldercare Services
The session will address the civil litigation process and the conservator's role when representing a client. The material will be presented as a case study involving the financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, the role of the conservator, their attorney, and other entities such as APS, Law Enforcement, the prosecuting attorney, and the Court.
11:30am to 12:30pm
CPG & Principal, Northwest Fiduciary Solutions
The standard for guardians and conservators when it comes to decision-making is to make them based on the Individual’s preferences, opinions, values and actions. During this session, the presenter will share and discuss strategies, useful tools and examples of complexities when it comes to determining an individual’s preferences and how best to incorporate supported decision-making principles into your daily practice.
Attorney, Law Office of Neil Sarles
will be discussing topics related to end-of-life decisions and healthcare directives, including the common law and constitutional right to withdraw life-sustaining treatment, the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment for competent individuals, refusal of curative treatment, and various healthcare directives and powers of attorney, such as the POLST. Attendees can expect to learn more about their legal rights and options for end-of-life care planning.
CPG, Bridge Builders, LLC
“Who Wants to be a Guardian-aire“ is a different take on the classic gameshow, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. It is designed to be a fun way to test your knowledge to the new laws and other guardianship topics. The questions will start fairly simple and get more challenging as the session progresses.
Attorney, Northwest Estate Planning & Probate
Public affairs consultant with a state and federal lobbying practice,
Category: Emerging Issues
In addition to discussing potential upcoming legislation, I will provide a hands-on advocacy training that helps legal practitioners transform their passion and legal experience into skillful advocacy on guardianship and related issues. I will provide links to testify, telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds; Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call; and orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official.
Guardianship Program Manager, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
This presentation will provide a systematic overview of DSHS Home and Community Service’s approach to addressing client consent and related decision-making concerns to support Medicaid clients’ ability to access long-term services and support (LTSS).
Specifically, this presentation will cover the various community collaborative efforts underway, the multi-tiered escalation pathway, and the new HCS Guardianship Pilot Project available to support Medicaid clients in addressing such concerns impacting their accessibility to long-term support and services. This presentation will conclude with an explanation of the purpose, client eligibility criteria, referral process, and contractor onboarding procedures for the new HCS Guardianship Pilot Project.
In this session, we will discuss the potential impact of the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) on long-term care (LTC) clients. As guardians and conservators, it is important to understand the changes that may occur and how they could affect the care and financial well being of our clients. We will explore the possible scenarios and provide insights into how to best prepare for the transition out of the PHE.
11:30am to 12:30pm
Judge Robert Lewis
Superior Court Judge, Clark County
The session will discuss common issues raised in guardianship review hearings. Topics include complaints routinely heard from both those served by guardians and by their families and loved ones. The focus will be on how communication and proper documentation can avoid some of these issues.
Sam 정우 (Jungwoo) Choi
Lead Trainer, Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
Executive Director, Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
Join Kai (they/them) & sam (he/him) from Seattle's LGBTQ+ Center for a session that explores how to integrate queer and trans- affirmative practices in our daily lives. They will share about best practices to create safe(r) spaces for our LGBTQIA2S+ community members, especially queer & trans BIPOC. They will define and explore basic queer and trans- competencies, community resources and more!
Reverse Mortgage Specialist, Mutual of Omaha
This session will discuss Reverse Mortgages and the value they present to many seniors.