4th Colloquium:  Decisional Support for Developmentally Disabled Persons & Communities

Join us for the fourth in our Colloquium Series, where we will provide a brief overview of the proposed Act to Establish an Office of Adult Guardianship and Decisional Support Services (filed Jan. 18, 2017), and then lead a roundtable discussion of how this agency can empower the DD community through Supported Decision-Making, Health Care Proxies, Durable Powers of Attorney and other alternatives to guardianship.

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A primary mission of the Institute is to sponsor events that bring together leading voices in social research, public policy, law and direct services to exchange views and develop ideas for better decisional-support services in Massachusetts. Several public events have been sponsored since November, 2015.

Colloquium Series
The Colloquium Series invites leading experts, both local and national, to share research, ideas, experience and policy goals with other stakeholders in guardianship reform.  The Colloquia have attracted a broad range of stakeholders, both public and private, to learn from each other and to find new ways to work together on behalf of persons needing decisional support.

Past Events Topic Date Held  
1st Colloquium Public Guardianship November 10, 2015 Report

2nd Colloquium Volunteer Programs June 13, 2016 Report

3rd Colloquium Statutory Options November 16, 2016 Report

State-to-State Conferences
Conference with Kansas Volunteer Guardian June 13, 2016 Report
Conference with Florida Public Guardian September 14, 2016 Report

Our educational work is ongoing.  In collaboration with the Guardianship Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Institute anticipates a program at a Chapter meeting this spring to present the status of the Public Guardianship statute, and to discuss alternatives to guardianship that may ease some of the pressures on the Courts.

A Report of Phase I of the Institute’s research into Evaluating the Need for a Public Guardian in Massachusetts has been produced and is available for download.  This research also will be published in the HeathCare Ethics Committee Forum, a peer-reviewed journal that informs medical professionals, social workers, attorneys, ethicists and others interested in health care ethics about developments in that field of inquiry.