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County News WeOnesday, April 25, 2001 7A review to the Board of Su- )artment of So- Elliott the programs services di- services are : focus of the pro- fall into this provides in- for at risk support- to help children and perma- when theirs is services to Smart or dependent are threatened or exploita- and contin- t services are pro- for all of the within dependent indi- I I I viduals, children and the el- To help solve or eliminate or fiduciary abuse. These set- ble. It has been learned that ly disabled and developmen- derly from abuse, neglect and problems, family mainte- vices have been expanding in this is more comfortable for tally disabled adults. exploitation; nonce, reunification, perma- the past fewyears, the participants, and is less "The Public Guardian To strengthen family and nent placement and indepen-To provide these services, costly in the long run thanmakes decisions for the con- individual functioning, to pro- dent living are part of theAPS works with other countyproviding residential care servatee on the principle of mote inter-familial support, process, as necessary, programs in assisting those in treatment, substituted judgment," Smart self-sufficiency, self-reliance Although not spelled out inneed. A health care provider According to Smart, the av-explained. "This principle rec- and independence; actual dollars, in the report, is made available in some cas- erage monthly caseload has ognizes the conservattee's To Participate in collabora- the federal government picks es, and in others, the district risen in each of the last fiscal right to self-determination tive and community-based el- up 50 percent of the costs, the attorney's office is notified to years, since 1997-98. and requires the conservator forts that focus on family and state 35 and the county 15 per- investigate suspected crimi- Looking at the statistics, 149 to honor, when known, the individual needs and promote cent, when it comes to admin- hal acts against the elderly, cases were served in the first particular and even idiosyn- service systems that keep chil- istration expenses. In 1998-99, APS had 92 refer- year, increasing to 185 in 1998- cratic wishes of the conserva- dren healthy, in school, and in For assistance, again, dollar rals. That number has grown99, and again increasing to 215 tee." homes where they are protect- amounts weren't included, but to 156 in 1999-2000, and contin- in 1999-2000. Last year, 220 It is the basic goal of the ed and out of trouble, the federal government has no ues to climb. According to participants were involved in public guardian to protect the share, the state contributes 70 Smart, the senior population the program, individual's rights, and re- Child wolfa, ro percent, and it costs Plumas in Plumas County is the Although no dollar amounts sponsibilities may include Child Welfare Services County 30 percent for CWS fastest growing of nearly any were included in the report, probate conservatorship, the (CWS) provides a wide rangeprograms, county in the state, the federal government is not Lanterman-Petris-Short Con- of services that are geared to- involved in this program. The servatorship, limited conser- ward direct intervention and .4lult s rvices In4b me m 'ices state picks up 85 percent of vatorship and the representa- continuing support to chil-Adult Protective Services In-Home Supportive Ser- the costs for administration tire payee service. dren who are the victims oflAPS) and Support Services vices (IHSS) are services pro- and 70 percent for assistance. Plumas County is responsi- abuse, neglect or exploitation, are also under the social ser- vided to the elderly, blind and The county's share is 15 per- ble for 100 percent of the fund- In 1999, the department sawvices division, disabled residents of Plumas cent for administration and 30 ing and it is a mandated gen- the highest number of casesAPS provides direct inter- County, and who are eligible, percent for assistance, eral fund program. Costs are since 1997, Smart reported,vention, remedial and case based on their income, to re- recovered through the appli- Traditionally, the department management services, among ceive the services. Public guardian cation of fees and through handles from 428 to 451 cases, other types of support to de- The goal of IHSS is to allow Another role of the Depart-contributions for services pro- but in that year, 523 casespendent and elderly adults participants to remain in ment of Social Services is vided by the Department of were reported, who are at risk or are victims their own home, with provid- with the Public Guardian Di- Mental Health. of abuse, neglect, exploitation ed assistance, as long as possi, vision for the elderly, mental- i ill 0 r 0 ~ .... .~r~ ...... ~ -% * q(eri, lane, Barbara, ]]" q(aren, Sue, q ather, q(arrie, I gennifer 8g Pat, /i:, our friendly professional i is a reciated. 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