Conservatorship Accountability Project
About the Project
The purposes of the Conservatorship Accountability Project (CAP) are to modernize conservatorship accounting and tracking processes and build safeguards to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. There are three goals:
- To develop and test expert-informed tools to identify problematic cases and direct critical resources to these cases
- To disseminate, adapt and pilot conservatorship accounting software in three states
- To develop a Conservatorship Accountability Project (CAP) Network
NCSC is working closely with the Minnesota Judicial Branch and its Conservator Account Auditing Program, which oversees the nation’s only conservatorship software program, MyMNConservator (MMC). The CAP project is supported by a generous grant from the State Justice Institute.
For more information, see the Project Abstract.
Developing and Testing “Red Flags”
The project includes the development, testing and validation of “red flags” that are indicative of financial mismanagement or exploitation of the assets of adults placed under a conservatorship. This will be accomplished through statistical analyses of the Minnesota data and by convening a panel of experts. The project seeks to identify process risks (risks associated with the conservatorship processes and deadlines, including timeliness factors); accounting issues (errant or missing accounting entries), and fiduciary mismanagement risks (behaviors of conservators that suggest inappropriate fiduciary management and the potential for fraud or exploitation of protected persons). The “red flags” will be integrated into the software and be used to develop court response protocols.
A competitive application process was used to designate five pilot states, which were announced on January 15, 2016. Three states received implementation awards: Indiana, Iowa and Texas. Additionally, Nevada and New Mexico were the recipients of planning awards, with the expectation that they will require additional time and planning to move into the implementation phase. Each state will receive technical assistance from the NCSC team and will form the core of the CAP Network. The goal of the Network is to share processes, software refinements, products, and data findings.
How to Participate in the CAP Network
The CAP Network consists of state and/or local courts who are striving to adapt the Minnesota conservatorship software to their jurisdiction. Courts that have the capacity to carry out this project on their own are invited to do so. NCSC expects all courts that acquire the MMC source code and are moving toward implementing the software join the CAP Network so that experiences and innovations can be shared among members.
About MyMNConservator (MMC)
The following resources provide background and technical information on MyMNConservator (MMC) to help you determine if a similar program can be implemented in your state.
- The origins and development of MyMNConservator (MMC) are outlined in this paper, which includes screen shots of the program.
- Technical requirements, including a description of system architecture, can be found here.
- The Minnesota Judicial Branch is offering the MMC source code to interested state courts at no charge (see Software Usage Agreement).
- For more information and to submit the software usage agreement, contact Minnesota’s Conservatorship Account Auditing Program (CAAP) Program Manager, Cate Boyko, at Cate.Boyko@courts.state.mn.us.
For more information about the Conservatorship Accountability Project, contact Dr. Brenda K. Uekert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 “Conservatorship” refers to guardianship of the estate wherein the conservator is lawfully vested with the power and charged with the duty of taking care of the property of another person who is considered by the court as incapable of managing his or her own affairs (State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, Version 2.1, updated October 9, 2015).