Earlier today, The Arc Alliance CEO, Paul Stengle, joined Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro as he officially signed new guardianship safeguards into law. Senate Bill 506 – now Act 61 of 2023 – marks a significant stride in protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation within the guardianship system.

This legislation sponsored by Senator Art Haywood , D-Montgomery, and Senator Lisa Baker r, R-Luzerne, champions key provisions including:
• The automatic appointment of counsel.
• Exploration of alternatives to guardianship.
• Measures to prevent prolonged stays in the system amid changing circumstances.