The Missouri Association of Public Administrators (MAPA) has nominated Clay County Public Administrator, Debra L Gwin, NCG, for the 2016 Fred Kretz Cornerstone Award. MAPA is an advocacy group for people with a mental illness, developmental disability, individuals with brain injury and advanced-age individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
In addition to her work as Clay County Public Administrator, Gwin has served on Missouri’s Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders Taskforce, which has resulted in legislation to be introduced for a total rewrite of the state’s Guardianship and Conservatorship Code. The proposed changes are designed to protect the rights of individuals who might need a guardian or conservator, to better organize the code, to encourage limited guardianship and conservatorship, and to assist families.
Gwin established the first Restoration Program for Clay County in 2005 and assisted in establishing an organization to help family member known as Missouri Guardianship Alliance, Inc. She is also a board member with Northland Community Services Coalition.
The 2016 Fred Kretz Cornerstone Award will be presented at the annual National Conference on Guardianship in Charleston, South Carolina, Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.
Content courtesy Dale Garrison of DGInform.com