The following definitions and prioritization quidlines are used to determine the agency's response to reports of alleged maltreatment.
Supported Decision Making is an alternative to guardianship. It is a process of supporting and accommodating an adult with a disability to enable the adult to make life decisions, including where to live, the services, supports, and medical care the person wants to receive, where the person wants to live and to work without impeding the self-determination of the person.
Supported Decision Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices Jonathan Martinis
A guardian is appointed by the court to make the personal decisions for the protected person ("Ward".) The court will identify in what specific areas a guardian has the right to make decisions for the ward. Visit the Minnesota Courts website for legal information about Guardianship.
St. Louis County referrals for guardianship typically come through the Vulnerable Adult Investigation process. Investigations are routinely reviewed with the St. Louis County Attorney and Guardianship Unit to discuss potentially less restrictive alternatives to guardianship
Volunteers of America Guardianship Hotline
Mandated reporters-including law enforcement, educators, doctors, nurses, social workers and other licensed professionals can call the number above or use a web-based reporting system.
Minnesota Department of Human Services - Adult ProtectionMN Initiatives: Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making
St. Louis County Courthouse
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802