Adult Guardianship Services
Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) has served as guardian of incapacitated individuals since 1988, when the organization accepted a contract to provide guardianship services to individuals moving out of the State Developmental Center and into group and waiver homes in the community.
We offer guardianship services for seniors and incapacitated adults who are unable to make sound decisions regarding their medical needs. Our guardians have 25 combined years of experience in the role and practice person-centered care to keep their clients’ best interests in mind. They adhere to the National Guardianship Association’s Standards of Practice as well as upholding a high degree of ethical standards.
MHANI is currently accepting referrals
Referral eligibility requirements:
+ 18 years of age or older
+ Living in a 24/7 supervised facility
+ Receiving Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security benefits
+ No other family or friends able to serve as guardian
If you have a client or know someone who you have identified as possibly needing a guardian, please contact our Director of Guardianship at (260) 609-3091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the referral process prior to filling out the referral form. We will help you decide if the client meets criteria for guardianship or if there are alternatives to guardianship that may be more appropriate.
A face-to-face intake will be conducted prior to contacting the legal team about guardianship. The turnaround time for a court hearing is typically 8-12 weeks if there is not an emergency need for guardianship.
Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana is a non-profit organization that provides information on guardianship, mental health resources, and educational programs. This website is not intended to provide legal advice regarding establishing, maintaining, or terminating guardianships. It is highly recommended that you speak with an attorney who specializes in elder law before pursuing guardianship.