FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill aimed at easing the state’s growing burden as guardian of vulnerable elderly and disabled people moved a step closer to clearing the legislature Wednesday.
The measure, which seeks to ease the strain by ensuring that more relatives take on guardianship roles, won unanimous approval from the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, without any changes.
The bill goes next to the full Senate. The House approved it by a vote of 79-3 early this month.
It comes as the state struggles with growing caseloads of people who become wards of the state. The state is currently guardian for 4,448 wards, said Tim Feeley, deputy secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
“We have a system where our guardianship program continues to grow and grow and grow, and we can’t keep up with it,” he told the committee.
State guardians are juggling caseloads…