Under an Elder Justice Innovation Grant from the U.S. Administration on Community Living, the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, with the National Center for State Courts, has released a Request for Proposals to the highest court in each state to establish, expand and enhance state Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS).
This funding opportunity offers state courts up to $20,000 to establish, enhance or expand WINGS (with special provision for up to $30,000 for selected states with an intensive focus). In addition to funding, successful applicants will receive extensive expert technical assistance including help with strategic planning, outcome measurement, and data collection, as well as opportunities for information-sharing with other state WINGS.
The essence of WINGS is the partnership among state courts and stakeholders in the aging and elder justice, disability, legal, mental health, and guardianship networks. Your state chief justice and state court administrator has received the RFP and may be reaching out to stakeholder entities. Let the court know of your interest in working through WINGS to improve state guardianship systems, avoid unnecessary guardianship, and prevent and address abuse.
The proposal deadline is February 28, 2017. ABA Commission on Law and Aging encourages you to connect with your state court about an application.
Download the court application materials (PDF) from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and learn more by visiting the NCSC Center for Elders and the Courts website.