In 2018, Franklin County Probate Judge Robert G. Montgomery created a Limited Guardianship for Mental Health Care Purposes at the Franklin County Probate Court. The goal of this program is to allow family members the ability to be involved in an adult loved one’s mental health treatment.
This program should be considered if you are caring for a loved one who requires your assistance and support to comply with their mental health goals, if your loved one is over the age of 18 or soon reaching the age of 18. The program may ensure your continued involvement and may avoid the need for involuntary civil commitment by ensuring mental health treatment sooner rather than later.
“The key purpose of this limited guardianship is to allow a family member to be able to stay involved in the mental health care decisions of a child after they reach the age of 18. This will allow at risk children to transition into adulthood with your assistance without putting them under the confines of more restrictive programs,” said Judge Montgomery.
Some key offerings of this program are that the service may be confidential, it provides the opportunity for treatment sooner rather than later, allows for continued support after a loved one turns 18 years old, and gives the ability to coordinate a mental health plan with your loved one and their treatment team.
Further information about this important program can be found by clicking here.