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Local Guardian Attends National Conference


Augusta, NJ (October 21, 2010) – Linda McConville, Chief Executive Officer of SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., along with two of the organizations caseworkers, Darlene Lopez and Jennifer Case – both Nationally Certified Guardians - were among more than 300 people from across the United States who attended the 2010 National Conference on Guardianship held October 2 – 5, in Hershey, PA. Hosted by the National Guardianship Association (NGA), the annual conference is the only national program that merges education, networking, personal development, and motivation into an event specifically tailored for the thousands of guardians, conservators, and fiduciaries who serve across the country.

With the theme “Keystones of Excellence,” the program featured recognized experts on current issues related to guardianship and practice-oriented breakout sessions designed to assist guardians in serving their clients. The quality educational program has been recognized by national accreditation programs for guardianship, social work, and legal continuing education credits. The program was opened by Dr. Bill Thomas, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare.

As Nationally Certified Guardians, the SCARC Guardianship Service, Inc. caseworkers are required to obtain continuing educations credits to retain their certification status. The NGA Conference provided an ideal opportunity to fulfill those requirements. The quality educational program offered by this conference has been recognized by national accreditation programs for guardianship, social work, and legal continuing education credits.

“The conference was a great opportunity for my staff and I to reconnect with others in our profession, share our ideas and strategies, as well as learn from other experts in related fields,” said Linda McConville. “It was gratifying to realize that our small, but mighty organization has much in common with agencies much larger than SCARC Guardianship Services and we can stand strong among them.”

Other featured speakers were Ann Koanowski PhD, RN, FAAN, who is the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing and Director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the school of Nursing, Penn State University, and Katherine C. Pearson, Penn State Professor of Law and Director of the Elder Law & Consumer Protection Clinic.

General sessions touched on current topics such as Medicaid support for guardianship services, non-drug behavioral alternatives for people with dementia, the Department of Veterans Affairs Fiduciary Program, and an international perspective on the challenges for the future of third-party care. A highlight of the three-day conference was an open exchange where information was shared about guardianship practices, challenges and issues under the direction of a panel of respected practicing professionals.

Breakouts addressed issues such as “Trends in the Use of Welfare Guardianship,” Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making,” “Prudent Practices for Investment Fiduciaries,” “Engaging Effectively with Difficult Clients,” and “Diversion of Criminalization.”

NGA is a membership organization comprised of more than 900 individuals and businesses from across the country whose mission is to advance the nationally recognized standard of excellence in guardianship.

SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation that was founded as an independent member of the SCARC family of services in 1989 in response to requests from parents for guardianship services for people with developmental disabilities in Sussex County.  Over the last 21 years, the organization has responded to the community and its needs by becoming recognized as a Community Trust agency, which allowed SCARC Guardianship Services to expand its services to include trust services as well. They also expanded their borders. The agency serves clients in counties that are contiguous to Sussex County.  Additionally they offer a pro se program, which assists families in six Northern New Jersey counties with the process of becoming the guardian of their adult child with developmental disabilities. 

For more information about SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., please visit www.scarcguardianship.org or call 973.383.5804



About SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc.

SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation located in Augusta, New Jersey. The agency was formed in 1989 to serve as the guardian for people with developmental disabilities, but now offers additional services to those families, including a Community Trust and Pro Se Legal Services program. SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. has served more than 700 families in the last twenty years and is dedicated to preserving the rights of individuals, to expanding their opportunities and life choices, and to providing quality care to those they serve.


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