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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 30. Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Chapter 70. Chapter 70 the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Program
1/27/2020

22VAC30-70-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this regulation shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Advisory board" means the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board as authorized by §§ 2.2-2411 and 2.2-2412 of the Code of Virginia.

"Client" means a person who has been adjudicated incapacitated and who is receiving services from a public guardian program.

"Conservator" means a person appointed by the court who is responsible for managing the estate and financial affairs of an incapacitated person and, where the context plainly indicates, includes a "limited conservator" or a "temporary conservator." The term includes (i) a local or regional program designated by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as a public conservator pursuant to §§ 51.5-149, 51.5-150, and 51.5-151 of the Code of Virginia or (ii) any local or regional tax-exempt charitable organization established pursuant to § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide conservatorial services to incapacitated persons. Such tax-exempt charitable organization shall not be a provider of direct services to the incapacitated person. If a tax-exempt charitable organization has been designated by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as a public conservator, it may also serve as a conservator for other individuals. Incorporated by reference to this definition is the definition of "conservator" found in § 37.2-1000 of the Code of Virginia and any successor language thereof.

"Department" means the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

"Guardian" means a person appointed by the court who is responsible for the personal affairs of an incapacitated person, including responsibility for making decisions regarding the person's support, care, health, safety, habilitation, education, therapeutic treatment, and, if not inconsistent with an order of involuntary admission, residence. Where the context plainly indicates, the term includes a "limited guardian" or a "temporary guardian." The term includes (i) a local or regional program designated by the department as a public guardian pursuant to §§ 51.5-149, 51.5-150, and 51.5-151 of the Code of Virginia or (ii) any local or regional tax-exempt charitable organization established pursuant to § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide guardian services to incapacitated persons. Such tax-exempt charitable organization shall not be a provider of direct services to the incapacitated person. If a tax-exempt charitable organization has been designated by the department as a public guardian, it may also serve as a guardian for other individuals. Incorporated by reference to this definition is the definition of "guardian" found in § 37.2-1000 of the Code of Virginia and any successor language thereof.

"Incapacitated person" means an adult who has been found by a court to be incapable of receiving and evaluating information effectively or responding to people, events, or environments to such an extent that the individual lacks the capacity to (i) meet the essential requirements for his health, care, safety, or therapeutic needs without the assistance or protection of a guardian or (ii) manage property or financial affairs or provide for his support or for the support of his legal dependents without the assistance or protection of a conservator. A finding that the individual displays poor judgment alone shall not be considered sufficient evidence that the individual is an incapacitated person within the meaning of this definition. A finding that a person is incapacitated shall be construed as a finding that the person is "mentally incompetent" as that term is used in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia and Title 24.2 of the Code of Virginia unless the court order entered pursuant to this chapter specifically provides otherwise. Incorporated by reference to this definition is the definition of "incapacitated person" found in § 37.2-1000 of the Code of Virginia and any successor language thereof.

"Indigency" means the client is a current recipient of a state-funded or federally funded public assistance program for the indigent or as otherwise defined in § 19.2-159 of the Code of Virginia.

"Least restrictive alternatives" means, but is not limited to money management services including bill payer and representative payee services, care management, and services provided pursuant to a financial or health care power of attorney.

"Minimal fee" means allowable fees collected or payable from government sources and shall not include any funds from an incapacitated person's estate.

"Public guardian program" means a local or regional public or private nonprofit entity or program designated by the department as a public guardian, a public conservator or both, pursuant to §§ 51.5-150 and 51.5-151 of the Code of Virginia, and operating under a contract entered into with the department.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-131 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Former 22VAC5-30-10 derived from Volume 24, Issue 25, eff. January 1, 2009; amended and renumbered Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 04, eff. November 22, 2012.

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