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Meetings (click link for agenda)

December 11, 2017

November 20, 2017

October 30, 2017

Minutes 

(none posted yet)

Commission members

Shari Caton, Chair
Deb Bennett-Woods, Vice-Chair
Karen Kelley
Kelsey Lesco
Marco Chayet

Background

HB17-1087 created the Office Of Public Guardianship Pilot Program within the judicial department to provide legal guardianship services to indigent and incapacitated adults who:

  • Have no responsible family members or friends who are available and appropriate to serve as a guardian;
  • Lack adequate resources to compensate a private guardian and pay the costs and fees associated with an appointment proceeding; and
  • Are not subject to a petition for appointment of guardian filed by a county adult protective services unit or otherwise authorized by law.

The office is established as a pilot program, to be evaluated and then continued, discontinued, or expanded at the discretion of the General Assembly in 2021. On or before  January 1, 2021, the director of the office shall submit a report to the judiciary committees of the Senate and the House of
Representatives. The report, at a minimum, must:

  • Quantify, to the extent possible, Colorado's unmet need for public guardianship services for indigent and incapacitated adults;
  • Quantify, to the extent possible, the average annual cost of providing guardianship services to indigent and incapacitated adults;
  • Quantify, to the extent possible, the net cost or benefit, if any, to the state that may result from the provision of guardianship services to each indigent and incapacitated adult in each judicial district of the state;
  • Assess whether an independent statewide office of public guardianship is preferable and feasible;
  • Analyze costs and off-setting savings to the state from the delivery of public guardianship services; and
  • Provide uniform and consistent data elements regarding service delivery in an aggregate format that does not include any personal identifying information of any person.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Terry Scanlon at terry.scanlon@judicial.state.co.us or at 720-625-5967.

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