GUARDIAN PARTNERS

Education + Monitoring Prevents Abuse

Portland, OR   |  http://www.guardian-partners.org/

Mission

To prevent abuse and increase quality of life for elder adults, adults with disabilities, and children under Guardianship care. We provide education, case monitoring, and resources to Oregon Guardians and their families in coordination with the Court System.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Marc Kochanski

Main address

10814 NE Halsey St.

Portland, OR 97220 USA

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Formerly known as

SAVO

EIN

46-0907112

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is estimated that there are roughly 15,000 Guardianship cases in the State of Oregon. That means 15,000 instances where one person has the power to make financial, health care, and quality of life decisions for another person as their Guardian. Guardians are persons appointed by the Court to care for and make medical and placement decisions on behalf of an individual, known as the Protected Person, who is unable to make those decisions for themselves. Protected Persons are seniors, people with cognitive disabilities, and minors needing Court-appointed support. Until the launch of Guardian Partners, there was little oversight of these cases.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Guardian Training/Education

Newly-appointed legal Guardians and other fiduciaries in our counties of operation attend our court-mandated training courses to ensure full understanding of their legal and ethical responsibilities in taking authority over another person.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Trained volunteer Case Monitors conduct wellness investigations with people with disabilities and their Guardians. They offer information, make referrals and write a report for the Court. Any signs of abuse, neglect or exploitation are highlighted so the Court may intervene.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of cases monitored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Related Program

Guardianship Case Monitoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our case monitoring program was on hiatus for nearly six months in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. We've relaunched the program and appear to be on track to monitor nearly 200 cases in 2021.

Percent of cases monitored that needed intervention.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Related Program

Guardianship Case Monitoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As Courts send us more cases which have caused the Judge concern, as opposed to randomly-assigned cases, we've seen that monitor assistance comes to bear on more and more cases.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Guardian Training/Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of counties served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Both for our Guardianship education program and for our Monitoring program.

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Guardianship Case Monitoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Children and youth, Caregivers, People with disabilities, Families

Related Program

Guardianship Case Monitoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Guardian Partners' goal is to not only discover and prevent abuse, but also to teach Guardians how to be effective to ensure those who are incapacitated are treated with the utmost care.

Guardian Partners mission is to provide education, case monitoring, and resources to Oregon Guardians and their families on behalf of the Court system. These efforts prevent abuse and increase quality of life for elder adults, persons experiencing disabilities, and children under Guardianship care. We strive to be a national leader regarding issues of Guardianship by implementing effective programs that ensure every Guardian in Oregon has the resources, education, and oversight needed to be an effective caretaker.

Guardian Partners volunteer monitoring and assistance program is central to our mission as an organization. In the summer of 2014, Guardian Partners launched a first-ever, full-scale Multnomah County volunteer Guardianship monitoring and assistance program. We hope to monitor 200 separate cases for the Courts in four counties this year.

The monitoring and assistance program uses the following three methods:
1. Case monitoring – Guardian Partners' mission is to assist the Court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by using trained and supervised volunteers to monitor Guardianship cases. This effort reduces the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
2. Supervision – Volunteer monitors provide an independent source of information to the Court. They are trained in effective Guardianship and how to identify abuse.
3. Supplementing Resources – Public resources are simply inadequate to provide the level of personal attention and detailed review each Protected Person under Guardianship deserves. Guardian Partners is a solution bridging the gaps.

Education is a key to ensuring Guardians do their job well. Towards that end, we offer practical community education taught by local experts focused on providing guidance and support to Guardians.

We offer classes in person and online and are sure to provide assistance to non-English-speaking populations.

All Guardians of Minors course fees are covered by Guardian Partners because we found that the fees for these classes were a burden on families.

Guardian Partners is lead by a capable and engaged Board of Directors with varied backgrounds from within the communities we serve.

Our small staff of five is lead by an Executive Director who has 15 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of program development, administration, volunteer coordination and donor engagement. Each team member brings a unique background, which allows Guardian Partners to have a diverse pool of talents running our programs.

Volunteer recruitment is key in our mission, and Guardian Partners recently expanded our staff, adding a Monitoring Specialist role to the existing Monitoring Coordinator role. This will grow our ability to recruit, train and supervise more volunteers.

The Education Coordinator has more than two years of experience with Guardian Parnters' education programming and paralegal certificate.

In the summer of 2014, Guardian Partners launched a first-ever, full-scale Multnomah County volunteer Guardianship monitoring and assistance program. This program has expanded from one county to seven, including Clackamas, Douglas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook and Yamhill Counties. We hope to monitor 200 separate cases for the Courts in our service area this year.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GUARDIAN PARTNERS

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Helen Robinson

Columbia Trust Company

Term: 2022 - 2021

Juliet Britton

Tim Porter

Geffen Mesher

Susan Daigle

Oregon Zoo Foundation

Theressa Hollis

Fitzwater Law

Sibylle Baer

Oregon Department of Justice

Dr. Mahnaz Ahmad

Kaiser Permanente

Steve Sutherland

Financial Insights LLC

Mark Nishi-Strattner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data