2705 Vinewood Ln
Pueblo, CO 81005
Phone. (719) 545-5845
FAX. (719) 545-5847
MISSION STATEMENT: The Arc of Pueblo advocacy services work to ensure conditions which promote the rights, opportunities, and dignity of each individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
OUR VISION: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities will live the lives they choose as valued and respected members of the community.Empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to achieve full and satisfying lives through awareness of their rights, responsibility, and opportunities. The advocacy team provides empowerment and confidence.
We Stand For Advocacy, Guardianship, Classes and Training that Support Well-Being
Our advocacy program is established to safeguard the right of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to facilitate choice and to promote independence and inclusion in community life. The Arc provides advocates who, upon request can attend school, residential and vocational meetings. We provide crisis intervention and work to protect the rights of citizens in Pueblo with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide systems advocacy by promoting policies and legislation that impact the delivery of high quality supports for individuals and their families.
Multi-System Resources and Referrals
The majority of adults who are developmentally disabled can manage their own affairs with informal assistance and guidance from family, friends, citizen advocates and service agency personnel. The adult acting on his own behalf must have some ability to foresee and appreciate future consequences of present day decision, actions, or failure to act. Consequently, some individuals may require the more formal protection and assistance provided by a guardian who is appointed by a court and is legally empowered to act on their behalf. The Arc believes the decision to seek guardianship should be made only to enhance rather than limit a person’s ability to exercise his or her rights. Barring evidence to the contrary and if they so choose, parents should be viewed as qualified and concerned guardians of their adult offspring who are developmentally disabled. If parents or other family members are unable to accept guardianship appointment, or are determined inappropriate by the Probate Court, The Arc of Pueblo can accept appointment and provide services through its court appointed agents.
Information Regarding Guardianship:
Parental Authority: When a person reaches age 18, a parent’s legal authority to make decision for that person ceases.
Needed for Guardian:
Court Visitor: A person appointed by a judge to evaluate the alleged incompetent person.
The court must appoint a court appointed visitor who shall meet, interview, and consult with the person. The visitor will explain the basis of the guardianship petition, the nature, purpose and effect of the guardianship proceedings and the general powers of the guardian. The visitor must also determine the person’s views on the imposition of the guardianship, the scope of the guardianship and the appointment of the proposed person to be the guardian. The visitor is required to explain that the “incapacitated” person has a right to have an attorney, and if her or she cannot afford an attorney, the court will provide an attorney without cost.
Furthermore, the visitor must interview the person seeking appointment as guardian, visit the present home of the incapacitated person and the proposed future residence of that person, and interview any physicians or other persons who have counseled or given treatment to the allegedly incapacitated person in the recent past.
After making these visits, the visitor files a written report to the court that describes any current incapacity or disability of the incapacitated person, the fitness of the proposed guardian and any recommendation to limit the powers of the guardian. The report will include any expression of approval or disapproval by the incapacitated person concerning the guardianship and any request for appointment of an attorney to represent the incapacitated person. If such a request is not made, then the visitor should make recommendation as to whether or not an attorney should be appointed to represent he incapacitated person.
Authority and Responsibility of a Guardian:
So you want to be a guardian:
Under the new statute there is not a provision for appointment of a temporary guardian. Instead, an emergency guardian may be appointed for up to 60 days if there is cause for concern of substantial harm to the ward’s health, safety or welfare. Appointment of an emergency is not a determination of incapacity. If a guardian is not performing effectively a temporary substitute guardian may be appointed for up to six months.
Reports that a guardian must submit have been expanded to include a personal care plan, accounting for assets within 60 days of appointment. Annual reports from the guardian are required that include: current mental, physical and social condition of the ward’s living arrangement; medical, educational and vocational services and adequacy of care; summary of guardian visits and actions, including the ward’s participation on his/her own behalf; information as to whether the current care plan is in the best interest of the individual; plans for future care; and recommendations as to continued need for guardianship or suggested changes to the guardianship.
If you are currently a guardian for an individual, or are considering becoming a guardian, please be sure you are familiar with the roles and responsibilities of such a decision especially in regard to this new statute.
The Arc of Pueblo works to protect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families on the local, state and national level through our public policy efforts. We champion the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and have achieved public policy victories on behalf of our constituency.
Our nearly 700 state and local chapters provide a voice at the local and state legislative levels for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Our chapters are vigilant in meeting the needs of our constituents. No other organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities comes close to the depth of The Arc's reach into local communities.
Public Policy Agenda
Funding and policy changes to strengthen the CO Medicaid State Plan, state programs, and HCBS Medicaid waivers for people with disabilities to include support for:
Colorado students with disabilities have a legal right to free, appropriate educational opportunities in all public schools, including charter schools, with accompanying supports in the least restrictive environment. Colorado must provide for:
Coloradoans with disabilities prefer to live, learn, and work in their community of choice. State systems must be made transparent, simplified and strengthened to ensure ready access to community living including:
Protection of civil rights for people with disabilities including:
The Arc’s advocacy team conduct numerous training's for a variety of audiences throughout the year that empower people with disabilities and their families to achieve their dreams. Classes currently being offered include:
Because The Arc of Pueblo works to develop and support disabled service providers, The Arc of Pueblo is also mindful to watch that those programs are created with positive ethics and values. Humanity is at the heart of The Arc and and respecting those we serve is one of our highest priorities.
With your gift, The Arc will continue our work to protect the rights of people with disabilities and support their full inclusion and participation in the community.
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