NC Guardianship Update - Linda Kendall Fields – Director, UNC Cares Program, Clinical Associate Professor During this session, Linda will describe the Rethinking Guardianship NC initiative and how this collective impact initiative has successfully promoted less restrictive alternatives to guardianship while improving the current adult guardianship system through recent legislative reform.
Speaker Bio: Linda Kendall Fields has been at the UNC School of Social Work in Chapel Hill since 2015 as Clinical Associate Professor and now as Director of the Cares Program. She has dedicated over 35 years to building communities that are responsive to the needs and contributions of older adults, people with disabilities and families in Minnesota, Oregon, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina.
In her role at UNC Chapel Hill, she leads a team that is dedicated to facilitating systems change with and for adults of ages. Noteworthy projects include the Rethinking Guardianship initiative, the Supported Living Action Team, the Dementia Capable NC Coalition, and NC Money Follows the Person’s Building Home & Community-Based Services through Collective Impact initiative.