By Pennsylvania Record Report
Hosted by the Office of Elder Justice in the Courts (OEJC) and Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, the first Pennsylvania Guardianship Justice Summit is being held on Sept. 20-22, 2023.
Featured speakers include Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Chief Justice Debra Todd, federal Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging Edwin L. Walker, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich, and Pennsylvania Senators Lisa Baker, Maria Collett and Art Haywood, along with several judges, attorneys and other elder justice experts.
“We are pleased to bring together an interdisciplinary group of speakers and stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to participate in the Summit,” said Senior Judge Paula Francisco Ott, chair of the Education Committee for the Summit. “Each attendee was invited based on their professional involvement with guardianship and related topics as well as geographic diversity.”
Summit topics include:Attendees will work within regional collaboration groups and will continue to work together to address the needs and challenges their regions face after the Summit concludes.
Portions of the Summit are being livestreamed with additional recorded sessions available at the PA Courts website after the Summit.
The Summit is funded through a grant awarded to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts by ACL.
The ACL’s Elder Justice Innovation Grant program provides financial assistance to states working to assess and improve their handling of adult guardianship cases.
Pennsylvania is one of three states to receive funding through this three-year grant. The OEJC is overseeing the work of the grant, which runs from Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2025.
The Summit is one of several grant projects supporting three overarching goals:
(1) Assuring due process for the alleged incapacitated person(2) Improving guardianship monitoring capabilities to prevent abuse and exploitation(3) Promoting alternatives to guardianship.
A second guardianship summit is being planned for 2025.
This press release is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,458,957 ($1,145,290 for Year 1 + $1,313,667 for Year 2) with I00 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, ACL/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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