Guardianship is a court proceeding to appoint a person (e.g. parent, sibling) to make decisions about an individual's health, support, services, and safety. The petition would be filed after the individual turns 18 years old.
Someone with a developmental or intellectual disability qualifies for guardianship based on the nature of their disability. Specifically, the individual's ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of health care decisions, including the benefits and risks of and alternatives to any proposed health care, and whether they are able to make an informed decision to promote their well being.
The court requires documentation to prove the individual's lack of capacity and ability to make these types of decisions independently. One form of the required documentation is the affidavit of a licensed psychologist as to the underlying condition and its manifestations.
Dr. O'Keefe works with families on Long Island to conduct guardianship capacity evaluations and complete the necessary affidavits for court as indicated.
This practice offers traditional therapy for adults and children, as well as, online therapy offered via secure video conference.
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