INSTITUTE AND CENTER NEWS
The Institute on Guardianship: CLE Program on COVID-19 and Persons under Guardianship in Long-Term Care Facilities
Iowa CLE 1 credit hour approved.
Guardians have an ongoing responsibility for protected persons in long-term care (LTC) facilities. Protected persons in LTC facilities are at higher risk of infection, severe illness and death from COVID-19. There have been serious outbreaks of COVID-19 in LTC facilities throughout Iowa. Regulations and guidance related to COVID-19 from federal and state authorities have implications for the ongoing responsibilities of guardians to protected persons.
Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship, a collaborative effort of the University of Iowa and Drake University law schools, and the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center, University of Iowa College of Law.
- Nature and extent of the COVID-19 problem in LTC facilities
- Federal and state regulations and guidance related to LTC facilities and Covid-19
- Maintenance of contact with protected persons by guardians
- Communication with LTC staff by guardians
- End of life and health care decision-making for protected persons by guardians
- Guardian requoting to courts and access to courts
- Josephine Gittler, JD, Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law, College of Law; Co-Director of Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship; Director National Health Law and Policy Resource Center.
- Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, College of Nursing; Co-Director, National Health Law and Policy Resource Center, former Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
- Kathleen Kilnoski, JD, District Court Judge, Fourth Judicial District; Member, Iowa Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force.
The Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship: CLE Programs on New Guardianship and Conservatorship Laws
The Institute conducted three CLE programs on August 2, October 11, and November 15 about the new guardianship and conservatorship laws. There were nearly 700 registrants for these three CLE programs, and they received excellent feedback from registrants about their value.
In addition to the aforementioned three CLE programs, Institute staff made presentations on the new laws at seven additional educational programs. These programs were for various audiences, including lawyers, judges, guardians, conservators, and service providers.
Individuals who previously registered for the October 11 and November 15 CLE conferences may view videos of them through May 1 of 2020. Individuals who did not register for the October 11 or November 15 conferences may now register to view videos of the conferences but cannot receive CLE credit for such viewing. The University of Iowa Center for Conferences should be contacted for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-4141.
In 2020 the Institute will continue to carry out its objective to provide complete and accurate education about the new laws. For example, the Institute will sponsor a January webinar for guardians and conservators which will be co-sponsored by several organizations that advocate for individuals with disabilities. We look forward to staying in touch and letting you know about the Institute’s future educational activities.
INSTITUTE AND CENTER RESOURCES
COVID-19 AND PERSONS UNDER GUARDIANSHIP IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES
For a compiled list of resources dealing with COVID-19 and LTC facilities, click here. (Revised May 12, 2020.)
NEW GUARDIANSHIP AND CONSERVATORSHIP LAWS
House File 591
An Act providing for juvenile court jurisdiction over minor guardianship proceedings and including effective date and applicability provisions.
To view: House File 591, click here.
House File 610
An Act relating to the opening of guardianships for adults and conservatorships for adults and minors and the administration of guardianships of conservatorships and including effective date and applicability provisions.
To view: House File 610, click here.
FORMS FOR GUARDIANSHIPS AND CONSERVATORSHIPS
Supreme Court Forms for Reports by Guardians and Conservators
Acting Chief Justice Wiggins signed an order adopting new proposed court rules and forms relevant to the changes in guardianship and conservatorship law. The forms are temporarily adopted effective immediately and will permanently take affect subject to Legislative Council review consistent with the provisions of Iowa Code section 602.4202.
To view: Supreme Court Forms, click here. (They can be found at the bottom of the page, under the heading "In the Matter of Amendments to Chapters 7 and 8 of the Iowa Court Rules and concerning Guardianship and Conservatorship Court Forms (December 12, 2019)")
These forms have been converted by the Institute into a more functional and user friendly format.
To view: Reporting Fillable PDF forms, click here.
Forms for Petitions to Establish Guardianships and Conservatorships
These forms have been designed by the Institute to assist you.
To view: Petition Fillable PDF forms, click here.
Presentation on COVID-19 and Persons under Guardianship in Long-Term Care Facilities
Institute Live Webinar on May 12. Click here. (Revised May 15, 2020.)
Papers and Presentations Regarding New Guardianship and Conservatorship Laws
Institute Presentation sponsored by Arc of Iowa on January 9. Click here.
Whitepaper on New Conservatorship Law. Click here.
Institute Presentation on January 21. Click here.
There are videos available of CLE conferences which were presented on October 11 and November 15. You may register to view videos of the conferences but cannot receive CLE credit for such viewing. The University of Iowa Center for Conferences should be contacted for further information at email@example.com or 319-335-4141.