ADVOCACY & LEGAL
ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Ombudsman Services provides advocacy services to residents in long-term care facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly). Ombudsmen identify, receive, investigate, and resolve problems on behalf of residents. The ombudsman program also provides community education and training, consultations and information, maintains a presence in long-term care facilities, and witnesses advanced health care directives for residents who reside in Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Public Guardian is the court-appointed conservator for adults who are gravely disabled due to a mental illness and disable adults with deficits of mental functioning who cannot provide for their personal care needs for physical health, medical care, food, clothing, shelter or cannot resist undue influence. The Public Guardian is appointed conservator when there are no reasonable alternatives to conservatorship and no family or friends willing and able to serve as the conservator. The Public Guardian acts in the conservatee’s best interest, arranges medical/psychiatric care, housing/placement and other services, manages the conservatee’s benefits and assets, and is the substituted decision maker for most aspects of the conservatee’s life.
California Courts Self Help/Conservatorship page: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-conservatorship.htm and Handbook for Conservators: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/handbook.pdf
YOLO COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Yolo County Adult Protective Services provides resources, information and referral services to the elderly (65 and older) and to dependent adults (18- 64) who are suffering or at risk of abuse, exploitation or self-neglect. Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse and links clients to the appropriate resources.