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History

Missouri's Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (MO- WINGS) has been meeting for several years to review and propose revisions to Chapter 475,RSMo—Missouri's Guardianship and Conservatorship law. MO- WINGS was established in part based upon Recommendation 5.2 of the 3rd National Guardianship Summit, October 2011 to have an interdisciplinary group rather than just attorneys and judges address issues of guardianship and conservatorship.

MO-WINGS has been chaired by Emily Hartley of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council; William S. “Vim” Horn, of the UMKC Institute for Human Development; David English, the William F. Fratcher and Edwin L. Jenkins Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law (former chair of The Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Committee); and the late Reginald “Reg” Turnbull, a private practice attorney (former chair of the Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee.)

Members of MOWINGS have included representatives of persons with disabilities, parents, family members, lay guardians and conservators, service providers, AARP, NAMI, Alzheimer's Association, Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, Missouri Bar Probate and Trust and Elder Law Committees, Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services, public administrators, social workers, nurses, psychologists, Missouri Protection and Advocacy, lay guardians, advocacy groups, long-term care ombudsmen, University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Health Ethics, Departments of Mental Health and Health and Senior Services, and Area Agencies on Aging with input from judges and national experts.