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PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR



 

IMPERIAL COUNTY PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

PUBLIC CONSERVATOR/PUBLIC GUARDIAN

AREA AGENCY ON AGING

1331 South Clark Road, Bldg. #11, El Centro, CA 92243

Phone: (760)339-6425   Fax: (760)339-6436

 

Norma Saikhon, Public Administrator

normasaikhon@co.imperial.ca.us

Rosie Blankenship, Assistant Public Administrator

rosalinablankenship@co.imperial.ca.us

 

PUBLIC CONSERVATOR/GUARDIAN

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE PROGRAM

TARGETED CASE MANAGEMENT

INDIGENT BURIAL

AREA AGENCY ON AGING

 


 

MISSION STATEMENT:

 

The Office of Public Administrator/Conservator/Guardian is committed to treating every client with dignity, compassion and understanding. We will act in the best interest of each client and will execute sound fiscal management of client estates as we carry out our statutory role.

 

PUBLIC CONSERVATOR/GUARDIAN:

 

The Public Guardian or Public Conservator (PG/PC) conducts the official County investigation into conservatorship matters.  The PG/PC also acts as the legally appointed guardian or conservator for persons found by the Superior Courts to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances or who can't resist undue influence or fraud.  Such persons usually suffer from severe mental illness or are older, frail and vulnerable adults. The court can appoint a conservator of the person only, or of both person and estate.   

 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR: 

 

The Public Administrator (PA) investigates and may administer the estates of persons who die with no will or without an appropriate person willing or able to act as administrator. The Public Administrator has the same duties and functions as private administrators.  They are to: 1. Protect the decedent's property from waste, loss or theft. 2. Make appropriate burial arrangements. 3.Conduct thorough investigations to discover all assets. 4.Ensure that the estate is administered according to the decedent's wishes. 5.Pay decedent's bills and taxes. 6.Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that these individuals receive their inheritance  

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE PROGRAM:  

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide income security for aged, blind or disabled persons. Most people receive their payments directly; however, others are unable to manage or direct the management of their own funds. SSA pays these people through the representative payee program, and this office manages payments for them.

 

TARGETED CASE MANAGEMENT:  

 

Case Management services ensure that the changing needs of the Medi-Cal eligible persons are addressed on an ongoing basis and appropriate choices are provided among the widest array of options for meeting those needs. Targeted Case Management (TCM) includes the following service components: Documented Assessment; Development of a Written, Comprehensive, Individualized Service Plan; Linkage and Consultation; Assistance With Accessing the Services; Crisis Assistance Planning and Periodic Review.  

 

 

INDIGENT BURIAL:  

 

All deceased persons shall be afforded a dignified burial commensurate with their pre-need arrangements and /or ability to pay. When the responsibility for disposition becomes the duty of the County of Imperial, the decedent's evidenced intent is to take priority. The Imperial County Indigent Burial program has been designed to help families who, at this difficult time are financially unable to pay for a funeral. Upon approval, applicants are limited to direct burial or direct cremation. The County does not supplement funds already available to the family or decedent for funeral arrangements.

 

 

AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 

 

All Imperial County’s State and Federal funds for aging programs are managed through this office and are under the direct supervision of the Public Administrator. The day-to-day operations are handled by the appointed Area Agency on Aging Manager.  

 

SUGGESTED LINKS:

CA ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS, PUBLIC GUARDIANS AND PUBLIC CONSERVATORS

US DEPT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

CA DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

MEDICARE


Page last updated: 04/29/2014