Certified Professional Guardian Board (CPGB)
January 8, 2007
Judge Vicki Hogan
Comm. Fred Aronow
Ree Ah Bloedow
Judge M. Karlynn Haberly
Comm. Kimberley Prochnau
Judge Marywave Van Deren
Judge Chris Wickham
Suzanne Thompson Wininger
Lisa Camerota, Capital Guardianship Services
Helen Helfrich, Adagio Guardian Assoc.
Mimi Hudson, Sound Senior Assistance
Chris Neil, Pacific Guardianship Services
Tom O’Brien, Guardianship Services of Seattle
Michele Penberthy, Senior Guardianship Services
Resa Raven, Adagio Guardian Association
Todd Smasul, Partners-In-Care
Glenda Voller, Montlake Guardianship & Trustee Services
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Judge Vicki Hogan, chair. All members of the Board introduced themselves and all members of the public introduced themselves.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the December 11, 2006 minutes. The motion passed and the minutes were approved.
Judge Hogan reported that the Chief Justice had communicated to her the Supreme Court’s continued support of the Board’s work.
Vice Chair’s Report
The Board went into Executive Session to consider applications for certification as professional guardians.
Concluded Executive Session
Following is the list of applicants who were reviewed for certification as professional guardians and the disposition of their applications.
A motion was made and properly seconded to approve the following applications: Motion approved.
Hughes, Carolann - Winsor Schmidt abstained.
Kuyper, Louise - Suzanne Thompson Wininger abstained.
Thornburg, Terri L. - Suzanne Thompson Wininger abstained.
A motion was made and properly seconded to approve the following applications, pending receipt of clear background checks. The motion passed.
Abbott, Karen M.
Clavere, Jeanne M.
Curtis, Laurie A.
Middleton, Linda L.
Cloutier, Marion J. Michael Longyear, Robin Balsam, Elizabeth Turner and Commissioner Kimberley Prochnau abstained.
Lawrence, Deborah - Winsor Schmidt abstained.
Peoples, Beth - Winsor Schmidt, Suzanne Thompson Wininger, and Elizabeth Turner abstained.
A motion was made and properly seconded to deny approval of the following applications. The motion passed.
Andrews, Ray - Lori Petersen abstained.
Eidinger, Marvin - Commissioner Kimberley Prochnau abstained.
A motion was made and properly seconded to request additional information from applicant, Jones, Kathleen and consider during the February phone conference. The motion passed.
A motion was made and properly seconded to approve voluntary decertification for the following certified professional guardians. Affidavits were submitted. The motion passed.
A motion was made and properly seconded to approve decertification of Owen, Jennifer for failure to pay dues. The motion passed.
The Board continues to work on the task analysis project: clarification of the qualification requirements of certified professional guardians (CPGs), and to clearly define the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to be a CPG.
To accomplish these goals, the Board agreed to conduct a survey of CPGs in order to determine what duties and tasks CPGs perform from their perspective. The Board discussed the survey and the method of distribution.
Ree Ah Bloedow had designed a suggested survey. After review of the survey, it was moved and properly seconded that the Application/Certification Committee take this suggested checklist/survey and modify it in order to fully accomplish the goals and purposes of the Board and report back to the Board in February. The motion passed.
The Education Committee discussed previously distributed changes to Continuing Education Regulation 200 to accomplish the following:
? Requires inactive certified professional guardians (CPGs) to complete continuing education requirements the year prior to returning to active status.
? Allows CPGs to allocate excess continuing educations credits in all categories to other categories.
? Requires all continuing education courses to be open to all certified professional guardians, thus prohibiting in-house courses restricted to employees of specific providers.
? Removes section 215, which stated that the files and records of the Education Committee shall be confidential.
It was moved and properly seconded to tentatively approve the proposed revisions with some wordsmithing to section 202.2 and 202.3. The motion passed. The regulation will be posted for comment and considered by the Board after the comment period passes.
Dr. Craven is scheduling a meeting with a representative of the University of Washington to discuss the possible development of a guardian certificate program. Other members of the Education Committee were invited to attend the meeting, as available. This is only one of the several options for mandatory initial certification training and education the Board is exploring.
An additional full-time employee was included in AOC’s 2007-2009 budget, to assist the Board SOPC with investigation of grievances, and as further defined by the Board.
Public Information Committee
The first issue of the electronic newsletter will be released in January. It may be accessed at: http://www.courts.wa.gov/programs_orgs/guardian/index.cfm?fa=guardian.focus
The Disciplinary Regulations are still being reviewed by the sub-committee. Another meeting will be held immediately following today’s board meeting.
Standard of Practice Committee
Lynne Alfasso, staff for the Board, distributed a schedule of 2007 SOP Committee phone conferences. This schedule may be changed by the 2007 Chair of the SOPC.
John Jardine gave a brief history regarding the Board’s decision not to require that CPGs purchase errors and omissions insurance until such time as the Board had an opportunity to thoroughly research the issue. After two full years of research, the Ethics Committee submitted the revised Insurance Regulation 117 for the Board’s consideration. A second publication of the revised Insurance Regulation 117 went out for comments November 14, 2006. The comment period expired December 31, 2006.
Two members of the public who had not submitted written statements to the Board concerning the Insurance Regulation were allowed to address the Board. One person supported adoption of the regulation and felt the time was right. A second member of the public spoke against adopting the regulation at this time. This member felt that other alternatives should be considered, especially for guardians of incapacitated persons in low asset cases.
A motion made and properly seconded to adopt the insurance regulation with an effective date as July 1, 2007. The motion failed.
A motion made and properly seconded to adopt the insurance regulation with an effective date as July 1, 2008. The motion failed.
A motion made and properly seconded to adopt the insurance regulation with an effective date as January 31, 2008. The motion passed.
Due to scheduling issues, the Board meeting dates in March and November have been changed from the regularly scheduled second Monday to the first Monday, March 5 and the first Monday, November 5. An updated meeting and Board roster was distributed.
A chart of action items and progress to-date from the 2006 Board retreat was distributed. Board members are asked to review the chart and provide updates and revisions to the Chair and AOC staff.
a) The Board discussed ways to increase public access to the Board. Suggestions included:
Publish the meeting agenda on the website well in advance of each meeting.
? Assure that the call in number, pin and ports area available for the public to participate in Board phone conferences.
? Add a public comment section to each meeting.
b) The 2007 Annual Judicial Conference Planning Committee invited the Board to submit an Education Session Proposal for the 50th Annual Judicial Conference in September, 2007. The AOC staff is developing a proposal.
c) The Board brought forward suggestions for the Board’s newsletter.
d) The Board discussed the articles published in the Seattle Times.
A telephone conference is scheduled for February 12, 2007 @ 8:00 am. Please let the AOC know if you are not able to participate.
Judge Hogan adjourned the meeting.