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Work continues to overhaul guardianship system

Posted at 7:10 PM, Oct 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-19 22:10:22-04

Work continues as a result of another ongoing Contact 13 Investigation. The State Guardianship Commission held it's fourth meeting Monday as it works toward massive reform. 

The Nevada Supreme Court created the commission after Contact 13 exposed systemic problems and allegations of corruption--including double-billing, homes lost with no oversight and families torn apart.  

Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty took issue with the form doctors use to declare a person incompetent.  He called it a one-size fits all approach that needs an overhaul.

Commissioners also heard from a Texas court official about that state's dramatic reforms to its guardianship system.  Texas is the first state to implement "supported decision-making."

That means Texas courts are now required to look at other alternatives before placing a person under guardianship.  Texas also has a specialized guardianship "bill of rights."

The Nevada Commission is expected to make final reform recommendations in December.