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Guardian Bulletin December 2021

Final December 2021 Guardian Bulletin
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A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT: Volume II, Issue II December 2, 2021

Guardian Bulletin December 2021

During this Holiday Season, the Illinois Guardianship Association (IGA) is proud to celebrate Perry Patterson, recipient of the IGA award for dedicated service to the organization. Perry was a continuous member of the IGA since its inception 18 years ago. During his tenure as member and Board member, he served on various committees always furthering the standards for excellence in guardianship. He is a National CertifiedGuardian emeritus having retired from his position as Regional Administrator, Office of State Guardian, Illinois Guardianship, and Advocacy Commission. While Perry is no longer on the Board of IGA, he continues his membership and mentors us whenever we need his expertise. Congratulations and Thank You, Perry! The Guardian Bulletin for December includes a recap of the National Guardianship Summit and recommendations designed to maximize the autonomy of individuals under guardianship. The IGA is pleased to share this information with you, including useful links to guardianship resources. The IGA credits the persons and resources that contributed to the Bulletin. Happy Holidays. Kathy Eddy, President Illinois Guardianship Association

National Guardian Association Standards of Practice Summarized by: Teresa Parks, Deputy Director of IGAC National Guardianship Summit Adopts 22 Recommendations for Guardianship Improvement and Reform At the National Guardianship Association Conference held in October 2021, the opening presentation highlighted recommendations for improving and reforming guardianship across the country. These recommendations were adopted as part of the 4th National Guardianship Summit held in May 2021 and hosted by the Syracuse University College of Law. The NationalGuardianship Summit involved125 individuals representing various perspectives on guardianship such as advocates, family guardians, judges, lawyers, scholars, and other stakeholders. The focus of the recommendations centered around maximizing the autonomy of the individual under guardianship and ensuring guardian accountability. Summit recommendations are intended to set the stage for establishing new guardianship standards as well as public policy reform. Recommendations were broken into 6 categories: 1) Enhancing the rights of those under guardianship. 2) Expanding Supportive Decision-Making. 3) Limiting and diverting guardianship. 4) Monitoring guardianship and addressing guardianship abuse. 5) Addressing fiduciary responsibilities. 6) Establishing a guardianship court improvement program. To examine more specific information about each recommendation, please view the complete report on the Summit at: guardianship-summit-autonomy-and-accountability McLean County Guardian retiring! McLean County Public Administrator and Public Guardian Daniel G. Deneen is stepping down from his position after 19 years of service. He was first appointed by Gov. George Ryan and reappointed by various governors although Rod Blagojevich never got around to reappointment before his forced sabbatical in Colorado. Dan was subsequently appointed to the same position in Logan County, Illinois. Dan is currently an Illinois Guardianship AssociationBoard Member and has served as past President, and past Treasurer. Dan is cutting back his practice to primarily handle estate planning, probate, and fiduciary fraud/financial exploitation cases proceedings. He will continue to assist the Illinois Guardianship Association as a Board Member and probably as a presenter at future training sessions.

Robert Porter has been appointed as Successor PublicAdministrator and PublicGuardian for McLean County as well as Logan County, Illinois. Robert has been assisting Dan for several years and the transition should be relatively seamless. Illinois Guardianship Association Member and National Guardianship Association Certified Guardian Maureen Schiller will continue to assist both the past and current Public Guardians.

With the holiday season in full swing, the IGA is providing a resource list for ease of reference, in case of emergency. Special thanks to Karen Kloppe, Legal Assistance Developer, Illinois Department on Aging Teresa Parks, Deputy Director IGAC for gathering the information for this Guardian Bulletin edition. Guardian Resources ABLE Accounts and financial planning resources: (money Management Guides) ACL-funded resource centers: Area Agencies on Aging: (Department on Aging Provider Profile Search) Advocacy organizations for individuals who identify as LGBT+: Advocacy organizations for persons with disabilities: Assistive devices and technology support resources: (The Talking Book and Braille Service) Cook County PublicGuardian resources: Federal Resources: (Administration on Aging) (Elder Justice Initiative) (Nursing Home Comparison Tool) (National Council on Aging) (National Council on Disability) (Social Security Administration - Representative Payees) (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) Home Care Ombudsman Program: Important Hotlines: Alzheimer’s Hotline at 1-800-272-3900 Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-2873 (1-800-25-ABUSE) Crime Victims Assistance Line at 1-800-228-3368 or 1-877-398-1130 (TTY) Department of Human Services Helpline at 1-800-843-6154 Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or for the Illinois AttorneyGeneral) I Need a Lighthouse for depression hotline at 1-800-784-2433 Institute on Aging Friendship Line at 800-971-0016 LGBT National Hotline at 1-888-843-4564 or Medicaid/Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-844-453-7283 (1-844-ILFRAUD) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY) (Department on Aging) Trans Lifeline at 1-877-565-8860 or Information and screening tools for government benefits, programs, and services: Application for Benefits Eligibility (SNAP, etc.) at 1-800-843-6154 -federal_book.pdf (National Council on Aging AgeWell Planner) Legal Assistance resources: (Chicago and Cook County) or (in Illinois) (provides referral to Legal Aid Chicago) (for individuals who identify as LGBT+)

Mental health resources:

(Call4Calm, text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5- 2-0-2-0)

Orders of Protection:

Scam protection resources: (National Do Not Call Registry)

Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 or (call blocking app) (mail) (amil)

You can also check out this State of Illinois link for other resources:

The current IGA Board would like to wish you all a happy and healthy

holiday season!

Pictured left to right: Erin Nowlan, KathyEddy, Ruth Robinson, Amber Drew, TeresaParks, Dan Deneen, and Sherri Rudy - Not pictured: Amy Kessler and John Brown



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