The Guardianship Project serves as court-appointed agency guardians to a vulnerable, mostly indigent population—elderly and disabled individuals who lack family or other supports that enable them to live as independently as possible. TGP seeks to cast a spotlight on a desperately missing element of the social safety net and to provide an approach that humanely addresses critical needs for these individuals, saves public dollars, and allows key institutions to operate more effectively.
TGP currently provides services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx and accepts cases regardless of the client’s economic status. We offer a highly regarded holistic guardianship services model. Project staff include lawyers, social workers, and finance associates, who oversee an array of services and help clients to remain independent and engaged in their communities.
The Guardianship Project staff visits clients at least once a month, so as to be in a position to prevent or proactively address our clients’ issues. A 2014 cost/benefit analysis showed that TGP saves over $2 million in Medicaid dollars annually.
CNN Article on Elder Abuse Highlights Increased Need for Guardianship Services
When clients have needs that cannot be met on their own, TGP offers monthly visits and staff support, providing oversight and another set of eyes and ears for each client to help prevent the issues outlined by CNN’s investigation. CNN found that elder abuse in nursing homes is far more widespread that anyone would imagine. Predators find elderly pa...
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian Reporter is the newsletter of The Guardianship Project (TGP), a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice. In this newsletter you will learn about TGP staff and how the project is expanding in New York City. Readers will also learn about issues affecting adult guardianship as a whole, such as Falk’s Law, and the Elder Abus...
The Guardian Reporter, June 2014
In this issue of The Guardian Reporter, the newsletter of Vera's Guardianship Project: Hear from our former project director Laura Negrón as she reflects on her tenure at the project, and from our interim director Olga Perez discussing what lies ahead.Find out how the project's unique, multidisciplinary team model—combining expertise in legal advo...
Comprehensive Community Living
Building on Obama's Budget Plan for Seniors
The Obama administration released its budget for fiscal year 2015 earlier this month, and as reported by the National Council on Aging, it contains several changes to how programs affecting seniors are funded, ranging from Medicare adjustments to cuts in Social Security wait times. Many of these initiatives are welcome: a proposed $56.5 million inc...
A Six-Year Perspective
In 2005, Vera launched The Guardianship Project in New York City in collaboration with the New York State Office of Court Administration to address systemic inadequacies in the practice of legal guardianship for primarily elderly incapacitated people. Poor oversight and the absence of best practices in guardianship is a national problem, and New Yo...
The Guardian Reporter
Issue 1, Summer 2011
In this inaugural issue of The Guardian Reporter, a biannual newsletter produced by Vera’s Guardianship Project: News about the Guardianship Project’s work on behalf of incapacitated elderly and disabled clients. Guardianship’s new collaborations with academic institutions and attorneys to further Guardianship’s innovative, holistic approach to gu...