Mentally Incompetent Adults

Mentally incompetent adults include persons living with acute or chronic mental illness and people with age-related mental diseases such as Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. For these people, The Public Guardian and Trustee acts as Committee — this is a legal term that says The Public Guardian and Trustee must make financial and personal decisions for a person.

When The Public Guardian and Trustee is Committee, decisions may be made on behalf of a client including:

  • administering personal finances
  • giving consent to medical or psychiatric treatment
  • providing legal representation
  • making decisions about daily living on the person's behalf
  • deciding where, and with whom, a person will live, either temporarily or permanently

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