Certified Professional Guardian Board (CPGB)
January 10, 2005
Judge Hogan called the meeting to order.
Judge Hogan welcomed Judge Karlynn Haberly, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, newly appointed by the Supreme Court. This is one of the positions designated judicial officers. The members of the Board introduced themselves.
No members of the public attended.
Upon motion, the Board went into Executive Session and upon completion of the session, returned to Open Session.
It was moved, seconded, and approved to voluntarily cancel certification of Elder Care Solutions, Inc. Notice will be sent to the designated CPG that she will need to request the approval of the superior court to transfer guardianships from the agency to her as an individual CPG. It was moved, seconded, and approved to voluntarily cancel certification of Theresa Hampson. Notice will be sent to the superior courts.
It was moved, seconded, and approved to approve certification for Renee Harlow and Bonnie Schultz.
It was moved, seconded, and approved to request additional information regarding Gail Misner’s finances. It was moved, seconded, and approved to deny the certification of Karmen Reese for failure to meet the experience requirement for being certified as a professional guardian. Members Ruth Craven, Ray Dingfield, Hank Hibbard, and Jerry Reilly voted to approve certification. The other members opposed certification.
Regarding those CPGs who have not completed the 2003 hours, Louise Andersen will contact them by telephone prior to sending the final letter regarding decertification.
Chair Report: Judge Hogan reported Hank Hibbard has been unable to contact Joy Isham by telephone or by mail. She asked Board members to forward names of CPGs from the developmentally disabled community to her. Although Joy will remain on the Board, the Supreme Court will be asked to appoint another representative from that community.
Appointment of 2005 Committees: Judge Hogan passed around the draft committee assignments. Judge Haberly signed up for the Certification Committee. Robin Balsam should be added to the Standards of Practice Committee. With those additions, the Committee list will be finalized once the Rules Committee charges are detailed and put on the AOC website.
2005 Schedule: Louise Andersen reported the in person meetings held after February 1, will be at the AOC SeaTac Facility located at 18000 Pacific Highway South, South Tower, Suite 1106. Those meetings are March 14, May 9, July 11, September 12, and November 14, 2005.
119.1 Pursuant to GR 23(e), a certified professional guardian or certified agency shall disclose to the Board on a continuing basis the circumstances listed in the rule. Disclosure shall take place in writing within forty-five (45) calendar days of the occurrence of the circumstance. If the circumstance is the issuance of a court order, ruling or judgment, then the forty-five (45) days shall start to run upon entry of the court order, ruling or judgment. (Adopted 5-10-04)
119.2 The guardian shall disclose every court order, ruling or judgment of the type described in GR 23(e) issued by any judicial officer. (Adopted 5-10-04)
119.3 The guardian shall disclose every court order, ruling or judgment of the type described in GR 23(e) even if the guardian or another party has filed a motion for revision, a motion for reconsideration, a notice of appeal, or any other motion or petition requesting a review, reconsideration or appeal of the court order, ruling or judgment. (Adopted 5-10-04)
119.4 Failure to disclose pursuant to GR 23(e) or these regulations shall be grounds for discipline of the guardian. (Adopted 5-10-04)
The Board reviewed the Status Report. On January 6, 2005, there were 231 active CPGs and three inactive. Certification is pending on 19 individuals. There were 39 active agencies and the certification of one is pending.
A total of 148 persons/individuals have been denied certification. Of those 148, two who had been provisionally certified were denied CPG certification for cause. The certification of 83 individual and six agencies has been revoked. Of the individuals, three persons are deceased, 54 have been revoked for non payment of dues, six for non compliance with continuing education regulations, one whose inactive status expired, two for cause, and 42 were granted voluntary cancellation. Of the seven agencies, four were revoked for non payment of dues and three were granted voluntary cancellation.
It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the status report.
Public Information Committee: Tom O’Brien presented the Board with materials he and Louise Andersen are revising for the AOC website. They included Grievances Against CPGs, Improvements to Certification, and revisions to the home pages. The Committee will begin collecting materials for the Report to the Supreme Court, to be mailed in March, 2005. Board members should send suggestions to Tom.
Standards of Practice Committee: As Commissioner Collier was not present, Lynne Alfasso presented the Committee report. No new grievances had been received since the last meeting. The 2004-0004 Review Panel was cancelled because Commissioner Aronow was not present.
ADJOURNMENT: The next meeting is a telephone conference scheduled for February 14, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. Due to the cost of telephone ports, AOC should be advised if any Board member is not able to participate in the conference as soon as possible.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
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