Our Legislative Platform
California counties are operating PA/PG/PC programs within an environment of increasingly scarce resources. Local programs do not receive targeted state funding to support their operations, and this significantly hinders the ability of these programs to provide adequate staffing levels. Similarly, available local funding to pay for placements in psychiatric or residential care facilities is highly limited and prevents individuals with serious mental illness from accessing needed care. Across the state there is a dire paucity of affordable placement options for vulnerable individuals with complex behavioral health needs.
Furthermore, county Public Guardian and Conservator programs can only operate within a larger continuum of care. Successful continuums of care must:
- Provide multiple levels of care and services that ensure impaired elders and disabled adults receive adequate protection, support, and dignity as well
- Focus on the promotion of prevention and early intervention activities while also addressing the negative impact of stigma on individuals with serious mental illnesses
To provide conservatorship and guardianship services effectively, the continuum must be sufficiently resourced to provide health, wellness, recovery services, and public protection. More importantly, this continuum needs to operate from an equity lens that addresses the barriers to service access that are the result of structural racism, and discriminatory policies and practices. Specifically, the continuum of care must provide targeted support to assist communities of color, individuals with disabilities, older adults, those with serious mental illnesses, and LGBTQ populations.
Additionally, we recognize Public Administrator’s play a critical role serving decedent estates in the communities we serve. We are committed to enhancing PA resources and funding so that they can adequately provide for the protection of vulnerable estates throughout California.
OUR LEGISLATIVE FOCUS
The below provides key areas of legislative focus for the Association in both legislative actions we support as well as those that we oppose.
CA PA|PG|PC Supports the Following