United States Senate Holds Conservatorship Reform Hearing

The Subcommittee on the Constitution of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today titled “Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform.”  In his opening remarks, Senator Richard Blumenthal essentially referred to a “carrot and stick” federal approach to reform.  He called on the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide the states with “best practices” guidance that would address three issues: a serious exploration in each case of less restrictive alternatives such as supported decision-making; improving civil rights protections; and better mechanisms to monitor ongoing conservatorships to reduce the risk of abuse.  He […]

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