Northeastern University Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) recently launched an important initiative in the ongoing effort to protect vulnerable elders. Now in the research phase, the ultimate goal is to establish a statewide public guardianship program for the protection of elders. Currently the Commonwealth funds 170 guardianships in the entire state of Massachusetts. However, statewide the need for guardianships far outstrips this number.
Northeastern Law and GBLS identified experts to provide input including the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Chief Justice of the Probate Court. The JF&CS Guardianship program was very pleased to be asked to join this select group. We were the only social service agency invited to participate.