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Navigating Guardianship :Transitioning Youth & Families to adult systems
Greetings everyone !
I would like to welcome Laura Benge , HKNC Rocky Mountain Regional Representative & Theresa Baldry with the Montana Deaf-Blind Project. Laura has been a part of the HKNC team for about a year and a half ; prior to the role of rep she worked for the state of Utah as a Deafblind Specialist. In both roles she worked closely with families of children and adults with combined vision and hearing loss, often with additional disabilities. The conversation of legal guardianship and power of attorney comes up regularly among families of consumers which led to a nice collaboration between HKNC and DB project.
Theresa Baldry is new to the Montana Deaf Blind Project (MTDB) but has worked at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities since 2012 where MTDB is housed. As a parent of a young person with significant medical needs. Theresa was a part of a state collaborative effort in 2008 to develop tools to support individuals using less restrictive alternatives. The project was revisited as part of a contract through Children Special Health Services with special healthcare needs and the current Alternatives to Guardianship Toolkit was developed. This work led to Theresa being a part of Montana's WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders) to assist in exploring current and best practices in supporting the needs of individuals as decision makers
This month's Trending Topic will cover Guardianship Options for Families and will be co-facilitated by Laura and Theresa.