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Reform for the Treatment of Vulnerable Adults in Mississippi

WINGS, the Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders, will hold it’s organizational meeting starting at 9 a.m. on September 18th.

The meeting will be at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson to discuss ways to improve the way Mississippi protects vulnerable adults

“The WINGS Committee is expected to propose system reforms to support the rights, dignity and autonomy of vulnerable adults while better protecting them from abuse and neglect,” said Ta’Shia Gordon, Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of Courts and the WINGS Committee liaison with the National Guardianship Network. “Collaboration among the courts, service providers, the medical community and families is essential to improving how Mississippi handles guardianships of vulnerable adults.”

Several law students and a professor from Ole Miss School of law have volunteered to work with the organization. They will help provide research and information to aid in recommendations for reform.

They group wants to focus on stronger procedures in appointing guardians for these individuals, changes in duties and power of those guardians, accountability from the court, and public and agency guardianship.

Funding for state WINGS was provided by the State Justice Institute, with additional support from the Atlantic Philanthropies Designated Gift Fund, and two anonymous donors.  NGN technical assistance to WINGS is made possible by SJI and the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging.

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