It shall be the mission of the Office of the Public Administrator of Barton County, Missouri to serve with compassion, trust, empathy, sensitivity, and confidentiality. The Public Administrator will work toward improving the quality of life of persons under guardianship/conservatorship, while protecting the individual's dignity, autonomy, and self-respect. The growth of the individual will be encouraged through his or her participation in decision making. The Public Administrator will provide the needed oversight, exercise good judgment, and use the standard of informed consent when making decisions on behalf of a Ward/Protectee. The Public Administrator will assure the least restrictive environment will be pursued for each Ward/Protectee until God or court decides otherwise.
The Public Administrator, as directed by the Probate Court, serves the residents of Barton County, who are unable to manage themselves or their financial matters. The Public Administrator generally serves in two capacities: Guardian and/or Conservator.
A Guardian is responsible for decisions regarding living arrangements, medical treatment, rehabilitation plans, education, support, and maintenance of an incapacitated person. A person under guardianship is known as a Ward.
A Conservator is responsible for the handling of assets and financial affairs of a person under conservatorship. A person under conservatorship is known as a Protectee.
The Judge of the Probate Court makes appointment of a Guardian and/or
Conservator based upon medical evidence, testimony of people in contact with
the potential Ward/Protectee, and a court-appointed attorney, who has met
with the potential Ward/Protectee.
A County Public Administrator fulfills a number of day-to-day duties,
including, but not limited to administrative, clerical and reception duties.
Additionally, the Public Administrator keeps records and communicates with a
variety of groups and organizations on behalf of the Ward/Protectee, such as
hospitals, nursing homes, other health care facilities, hospices, law
offices, Social Services, and other agencies. County Public Administrators
must be on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week to respond to any
issues that may arise with a Ward/Protectee.
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