Reforming Iowa's Guardianship & Conservatorship System

 

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 The Iowa Legislature recently passed and the Governor signed legislation which makes significant changes to the Iowa law regarding guardianships and conservatorships for adults and minors.  This has created many questions in the minds of families caring for loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We would like to know what questions you have so that we may prepare information to help you with adhering to the new laws.  


If you have not heard, on January 15, 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order establishing the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force.  The Supreme Court stated that the Task Force's mission was to "review Iowa's guardianship laws and procedures in order to ensure the system is efficient and responsive to the needs of Iowans."


The task force is one of the many efforts to reform state guardianship and conservatorships at state and the national levels.  The original impetus for these efforts - a series of media stories, reports and congressional hearings exposing the failures of state guardianships and conservatorship systems to protect vulnerable persons and their property--has given rise to reform efforts at both national and state levels.  In recent years, national judicial and court management organizations have been active advocates for reform.  


What questions do you have regarding these changes?  

Thank YOU! Your response is helping us to put together supplemental materials to provide guidance and assure that you understand how to adhere to the new laws.
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Presenter - Josephine Gittler

Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law,

Professor of Health Management and Policy, Professor of Nursing, and Professor of Pediatrics

Co-Director of Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship

Director of National Health Law and Policy Resource Center


Professor Josephine Gittler is the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law and holds secondary appointments in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Public Health.  She served as the coordinator and reporter for the Iowa Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force from 2015 to 2017.  She drafted, with the assistance of Task Force members, the bills which were the basis for the recently enacted guardianship and conservatorship legislation.  She has authored or co-authored over 70 publications including publications on guardianship and conservatorship.  She is currently the Co-director of the Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship, a collaborative effort of the University of Iowa and Drake University law schools.  Her areas of expertise include the legislative process and statutory drafting and interpretation.  She was the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and special counsel to an Iowa Attorney General Assembly study committee; she has served as a consultant to congressional and state legislative committees; and she has been the principal draftsperson of federal and state legislation.