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News Series Points Out Huge Problems in California Conservatorship System

ABC 10 in Sacramento recently released a five-episode series on California’s flawed conservatorship system called “The Price of Care.”  The investigative report exposes broad problems in the way conservatorships are granted and monitored while featuring individual stories in which conservatees were placed in long term care facilities, separated from family members, and charged enormous sums by professionals who profit from the system.  While many of the conservatorship criticisms and themes featured in the series will not be new to those familiar with CANHR’s work, the series comes at a pivotal time in state reform efforts.  Two bills in Sacramento, AB 1194 (Low) and SB 724 (Allen), would make important positive changes to the conservatorship process and are discussed in the fifth episode.  ABC 10’s reporting is another example of recent media coverage of conservatorship problems that is contributing to a groundswell in demand for reform.