There were important changes made to Minnesota’s guardianship law during the 2020 legislative session - many of which are going into effect tomorrow, August 1st. The Arc Minnesota strongly supported these changes, because they:
- promote supported decision-making and other less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship;
- strengthen the Guardianship Bill of Rights and make sure that individuals’ preferences are respected as guardians make decisions about important elements of life;
- protect and ensure access to employment and employment supports;
- mandate time-limited guardianships for young adults under 30, to make sure that each guardianship order respects individuals’ capacity to learn, grow, and explore other decision-making supports;
- allow time-limited guardianships for people over 30, which can help make sure their guardianship is more individualized and tailored to their specific needs;
- allow guardians to create ABLE accounts, which can help support financial success and stability for people with disabilities;
- and more!
These changes embrace progress toward less restrictive alternatives for individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and older adults, and help ensure they retain their civil rights. They also align with our work to promote the self-determination and autonomy of people with disabilities, honor their capacity and resiliency, and support them in building true belonging in their communities.
To help you understand these changes, we have made a fact sheet that you can review at https://bit.ly/GuardianshipReform.