The Adult Public Guardianship program exists to safeguard the welfare of persons with disabilities. Public guardianship is a legal procedure in which the court determines if a person’s ability to make health and safety decisions for themselves is significantly impaired by disease, accident or disability. If so, the court will appoint a guardian to act as a substitute decision-maker. Public guardianship in Maryland is administered by local Departments of Social Services for those aged 18-64, and the Department of Aging for those aged 65+. Public guardianship is a situation of last resort when there are no family members, friends and loved ones to serve in this capacity.

There are two types of adult guardianship:

  • A guardian of the person is authorized by the court to make decisions for the disabled person about their health care, shelter, or other daily needs.
  • A guardian of the property is a person or agency appointed by the court to manage the property of a disabled person. A public agency may not be the guardian of the property.

Membership

MEMBER REPRESENTING EXPIRATION DATE
Ms. Shannon Hammond Attorney January 1, 2024
Ms. Lauren Hickey Lay Person October 1, 2021
N/A Physician June 30, 2021
Ms. Samantha Messick Public Health Nurse August 31, 2023
Ms. Mary Jane Overby Comm. On Aging Rep. November 5, 2023
Mr. Matthew C. Peeling  Person w/ Disability June 30, 2024
Ms. Sara Timm   Professional November 23, 2023
Dr. Laszlo R. Trazkovich Psychiatrist June 30, 2021
Ms. Marisa Zaccagnini   Lay Person August 31, 2023

Contact:

Ms. Michelle Jacobs                Ex-Officio Member

Carroll Co. Dept. of Social Services
1232 Tech Court
Westminster, Maryland  21157
410-386-3379 (Office)

Updated 01/21 cbs