Certified Professional Guardian Board (CPGB)
October 1, 2007
Certified Professional Guardian Board
Ree Ah Bloedow
Commissioner Joseph Valente
Leesa Camerota, Capital Guardianship
Ken & Sylvia Curry, Your Advocates
Bill Jaback, Partners-in-Care
Tom O’Brian, Guardianship Services of Seattle
Call to Order
(a) Approval of September 10 Minutes
A motion was made and properly seconded to approve the minutes from
The Chair inquired whether the Board would like to add another Certified Professional Guardian to the Board. All comments were in favor of adding another CPG to the Board. Other comments included: adding more than one CPG to the Board; adding a solo practitioner CPG; and adding a non-lawyer CPG.
Regarding the timing of the Board’s Executive Session, the Chair commented that the lengthy sessions require the guests to wait for an unknown period of time therefore the Executive Session would take place immediately prior to the lunch hour. This will allow the guests to go to lunch while waiting for the Board to return from Executive Session.
Roxanne Mennes, KCBA Director of Continuing Education, indicated that the KCBA does not support the UW 90-hour certificate program without first conducting a needs based analysis. Ms. Mennes said that KCBA agrees the two day training needs to be improved and that after conducting a needs analysis, if the certificate program is the best option, the KCBA will support it. Ms. Mennes said that she and Mr. Anderson looked at the UW curriculum and discussed the options in the event the needs analysis does not conclude a 90-hour program is appropriate. She discussed options such as: a non-certificate program of less than 90 hours; an expansion of the current training program to 5-10 days, with input from a steering committee and perhaps a full-time educator employed by the Board; or the addition of testing and web-based delivery.
All comments by Board members and guests indicated the need to improve the two day training program. Concerns were expressed regarding the resulting increased cost and accessibility to areas outside the
(b) Rules Committee - Regulation Review
Suggested Amendments to General Rule (GR) 23: Commissioner Valente, Rules Committee Chair, distributed a summary of the suggested amendments. Lynne Alfasso highlighted the suggested amendments added since the Board’s consideration in June. A motion was made and properly seconded to approve the suggested amendments to GR 23 for submission to the Supreme Court, subject to the proviso that clerical corrections by the Chair and Ms. Alfasso are permitted to allow for timely submission by the
Proposed New Administrative Regulations: A motion was made and properly seconded to approve the proposed new Administrative Regulations as drafted to be published for comment. The motion passed.
Proposed Amended Disciplinary Regulations: After discussing the proposed regulations a motion was made and properly seconded to approve the proposed amended disciplinary regulations as drafted with the following changes: (1) to add “investigation” to regulation 521 to include investigations as types of records that may be released to an official licensing or certifying body. The motion passed.
A motion was made and properly seconded to remove the phrase “including hearsay evidence” from regulation 511.13 Rules of Evidence. The motion failed.
The Board convened in Executive Session at approximately
Judge Haberly and Judge Wickham did not participate in the vote on this matter.
(b) Rules Committee (continued)
Discussion of the proposed amended Disciplinary Regulations was re-opened. A motion was made and properly seconded to add the phrase “at least” before “three alternate board members of the SOPC” in regulation 505.1; and (2) to replace the draft language for the Rules of Evidence in regulation 511.13 with, “The rules of evidence shall be those set forth in chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act.” The motion passed.
Committee Appointments: The Chair appointed Gary Beagle to serve on the Ethics Committee and the Rules Committee.
Updated Board member List: Staff was directed to add Gary Beagle.
Announcement from SCJA & Probate Guardianship: Board member Robin Balsam distributed copies of the National Guardianship Association (NGA) 2007 Standards for Agencies or Programs Providing Guardianship Services.
Judge Van Deren adjourned the meeting.
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