State Supreme Court rules on Raven v. DSHS
08/06/2013Carol Vaughn and Karen Marie Thompson filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Association of Professional Guardians (WAPG) in Raven v. Dept. of Social and Health Services. In a unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court agreed with the position taken by WAPG and other groups, holding that a guardian’s good-faith determination that her ward opposes nursing home placement cannot be the basis for a finding of neglect under Washington’s Vulnerable Adult Protection Act. The Supreme Court reiterated the legislature’s clear mandate against placing incapacitated persons in institutions against their will.