Update on Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc.
Vicki Simmons, Executive Director
The Board of the Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc. (FIG) is pleased to announce several changes that you may want to know about as we pledge to support public guardianship as well as DOEA’s Office of Public and Professional Guardians. Public guardianship is a critical component in Florida’s human services network and FIG joins with the Agency in trying to meet this ever-growing need. In 2006, FIG founded The Florida Public Guardianship Pooled Special Needs Trust (Trust) with the sole purpose of helping people with disabilities qualify for or maintain means-tested public benefits, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food assistance and public housing while potentially benefiting Florida’s statewide public guardianship program. Since that date, the FIG Trust has distributed over $1,000,000 to public guardianship programs in Florida. There have also been changes to the Trust along with other administrative changes.
During our fiscal year 2016-17, FIG completed the court process to amend our Trust by changing the administrative trustee from The Center for Special Needs Trusts Administration, Inc. (The Center) to Advocates & Guardians for the Elderly & Disabled, Inc. (AGED). Representatives of AGED can assist you with transition questions or help you establish a new Trust by contacting them at (407) 682-4111. You may also wish to visit AGED’s website for more information at www.TrustAGED.org or click here for more information (link Rack Card).
As far as administrative changes go, I have been hired to replace LeeAnn Herman as Executive Director. I look forward to the opportunity to share with you over 20 years of association management experience which includes over 10 years administrative educational support services about guardianship issues through grant funded programs of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) to the North Florida Office of Public Guardian, Inc.
Please know FIG and I welcome your feedback and suggestions anytime to improve our services to each of the Offices of Public Guardians throughout the State. We have established a direct phone number at 850-907-1299 and hope to launch our new website in the near future. We are also working closely with DOEA’s OPPG office and will be having a web link on the OPPG website soon. But, of course, feel free to contact me anytime with OPG requests for funds, questions, or comments via email at: simmonsv@DOEA.org.
The FIG Board and I hope to see you soon at the upcoming FSGA Conference!