New Adult Guardianship Rules, Training

New rules to bring uniformity and consistency to Ohio’s adult guardianship practices became effective June 1. Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio (Sup.R.) 66.01 through 66.09 and 73 provide clear guidance for best practices in adult guardianship cases, and regulate guardianship compensation. The new rules:

  • Require courts to institute a comprehensive complaint process
  • Instruct guardians to exercise due diligence, avoid conflicts of interest, and act with integrity and above reproach
  • Emphasize person-centered planning and making least restrictive, most normalizing decisions possible on behalf of adult wards
  • Underscore the importance of educated and knowledgeable guardians

Required training for guardians of adults

Under the new rules, guardians are required to complete a one-time fundamentals course, as well as continuing education. To help guardians meet these requirements, the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College will host a six-hour guardian fundamentals course; separate tracks will be offered for professional guardians (i.e., attorneys, social workers) and for lay-person guardians (i.e., family members, volunteers). Sessions will be hosted in regional locations across the state and offered free of charge. Register online. If you do not have access to a computer, contact your local court or call the Judicial College at 614-387-9445.

The three-hour continuing education seminars will be available in early 2016; they also will be hosted in regional locations across the state and offered free of charge.

Read these frequently asked questions for more information about the new rules affecting guardians of adults.