In a scathing audit of the state guardianship program in 2008, State Auditor Crit Luallen found that understaffing in the program put wards of the state at risk.
"The reason this is such a critical issue is that these are often people without a voice," Luallen said recently. "They are among our most vulnerable citizens."
Today, there are 2,835 active wards of the state in Kentucky, with just 38 guardians to oversee all their personal and financial needs. That's roughly one guardian for every 75 wards.
That ratio is "preposterous," said University of Kentucky professor Pamela Teaster, one of the nation's leading researchers on public guardianship. An appropriate ratio would be 20-1, as it is in Virginia, Teaster said. At the very least, Kentucky should cap the number of wards a guardian oversees, as Florida does, at a 40-1 ratio, she said.
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Luallen: Not Enough State Guardians