Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The National Center for State Courts has released a new guide for monitoring conservatorships. Implementation Guide for ModernizingConservatorship Monitoring: Basic Strategies and Technology Enhancements explains that
Originally, this implementation guide was intended to encourage state courts to adop ttechnologies and analytics that would make immediate impacts. But like many intentions,the NCSC team, working with pilot states,realized that most state courts do not have the capacity to develop and implement such broad-scale changes at this time. In fact, data collection efforts showed that most state courts still have a difficult time documenting the number of active conservatorship cases.So rather than create a guide that few courts could implement, the purpose of this report is to inform readers of the efforts and advancements under way in light of problems posed by conservatorships. Regardless of the current situation within a state, the proposed strategies can be adapted to assist all courts.The project team encourages movement toward reforms that, ultimately, will improve court accountability and enhance protections for those individuals subject to a conservatorship. First laying the ground work of stakeholder support and improved data collection, then building toward technology solutions.
The document explains terminology, makes a case for reform, reviews and recommends the "Minnesota Model," reviews the experiences of pilot sites and offers 7 steps for modernizing conservatorship monitoring.