Office of the Public Guardian, Inc.
2292 Wednesday St Ste 1
Tallahassee FL 32308
Contact Information
Address 2292 Wednesday St Ste 1
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Telephone (850) 487-4609 100
Fax 850 922-2986
E-mail wecare@bigbendopg.org
Web and Social Media
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 16-1652866
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $454,812.00
Projected Expenses $454,812.00
Mission Statement
TO ACT AS A LEGAL GUARDIAN FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN DETERMINED BY A COURT TO BE UNABLE TO SAFELY MANAGE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS AND HAVE NO ONE ELSE TO ACT ON THEIR BEHALF. OPG PROTECTS AGAINST ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION.
Needs Statement
OPG's top five needs are:
  1. Secure adequate funding for program operations. By state law, OPG cannot finance the public guardianship program through the assets or income of the ward. OPG relies on grant funding and public support. Even though OPG has increased the number of people it serves and the geographical area it covers, it has not experienced any increase in state grant funding in over 10 years. The resulting program deficit requires approximately $100,000 of public support annually.
  2. Volunteers. OPG needs volunteers to provide socialization opportunities for clients, companions/sitters for hospital stays and event volunteers for events.
  3. Development Director. OPG needs a community development staff person to coordinate special events and community awareness activities.
  4. Nursing Consultant Services. OPG needs access to individuals with specialized medical knowledge to assist in making informed medical decisions for clients.
  5. Education Coordinator. OPG needs a person to coordinate the guardianship training and educational programs OPG offers to the community.
Impact Statement
OPG has accomplished many significant objectives in the program, management and financial areas. The two accomplishments highlighted below focus on the clients we serve and the direct service case managers who work on their behalf:
  • Obtaining Companions for Hospitalized Consumers. OPG clients live in a variety of residential settings such as group homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. When a client is hospitalized, residential facility staff is often unable to accompany the individual for the entire hospital stay. Often, the client has behavioral management problems that interfere with the client receiving medical care. For example, the client may attempt to remove an intravenous or feeding tube. Increasingly, hospitals are finding it difficult to assign a companion/sitter to assist the individual and instead will use chemical or physical restraints. OPG has established a process where we provide companion/sitters when the hospital cannot. This has led to better health outcomes for clients.
  • Grief Counseling Partnership with Local Hospice Agency. OPG case managers work closely with profound disabilities and debilitating, serious medical conditions. Once OPG becomes a person's guardian, that relationship usually continues over many years, often for the lifetime of the client. Due to the nature of their work, the case managers form close attachments to the clients they work with. When the individual dies, the case managers frequently experience grief. Although OPG recognized the special nature of this work, there was no organizational response to address this issue. In response, OPG partnered with a local hospice agency to provide training to OPG employees on the grief process, and develop a process to help employees cope with loss. Now OPG has a special memorial tribute quarterly to share remembrances of the clients who died during that quarter.
Background Statement

Although the corporate entity, OPG, was established February 2003, the Office of the Public Guardian for the Second Judicial Circuit has been in existence since 1986.

OPG, one of the first three public guardianship programs in the State, was established as a demonstration project by the Florida Legislature on October 1, 1986. At that time it was a state program operated by the court system and completely funded by the State. In 1998, the Florida Legislature created a Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO) to oversee all the public guardianship programs in the state. SPGO spearheaded the privatization of the North Florida OPG and in February 2003, the employees of OPG recruited community members to serve on the board of directors, and continued operating the public guardianship program through a contract with SPGO. Undergoing privatization in this manner assured no disruption in service to wards.

In 2002, the grassroots organization, People Without Guardians Project, based in Marianna, Florida, outlined the need for public guardianship in Northwest Florida. It initially identified hundreds of persons with developmental disabilities who had no significant family or friends available to serve as guardian. Later, the group focused on the approximately 40 persons who had already been adjudicated by a court, but whose guardians had died or were otherwise unavailable. In 2003, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council funded the public guardianship expansion into Northwest Florida counties to provide guardianship services for those persons identified. 
Unfortunately, that funding was for initial start-up costs, and a continuous funding source is still needed for Bay and surrounding counties. Despite the funding challenges, OPG has increased services to Bay and surrounding counties, serving over 30 people.
Service Categories
Personal Social Services
Disabled Persons' Rights
Health Support
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Franklin
Gadsden
Gulf
Jackson
Jefferson
Leon
Liberty
Madison
Wakulla
Taylor
OPG serves nineteen counties in North Florida: Bay, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Suwanee, Taylor,Washington and Wakulla.
Board Chair Statement

The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) is one of the most unheralded and underappreciated resources in the Big Bend. As the Board Chair, community outreach and awareness prove the biggest challenges. Our services, like those we serve, are invisible to those not directly involved in care and guardianship.

OPG suffers from an identity crisis. We are frequently confused with the Guardian Ad Litem. Folks have never heard of OPG, or the fact that we serve adults who cannot make financial, health, or other decisions for themselves due to dementia, injury, or developmental disabilities. In fact, I joined the Board after attending a United Way presentation. I was stunned and fascinated by the incredible services and resources provided by OPG.

When I speak to members of the community and explain that OPG is a non-profit, United Way agency that acts as a legal guardian for people with disabilities who have no family to serve as their guardian, folks want to learn more. Increasingly, individuals throughout the Big Bend share their family stories, and express long-held concerns for the care and well-being of their own loved ones. We see families that fear that their disabled children will outlive them, that aging children be institutionalized, that parents and other loved ones will be subjected to abuse, neglect, and predatory behaviors as funding and access to quality programs declines. This indicates a growing community need for guardianship, end-of-life, and estate planning education and outreach. To address this situation, we form partnerships with local businesses to sponsor lunch-and-learns and other training and speaking sessions.

Financially, we find that we need to raise additional funds to expand our services and education programs--a huge challenge. We receive funds, in part, from the State and other grants, but our financial support primarily comes from sponsors and benefactors. We begin each year in a deficit situation. Our Board and external Resource Development Committee have stepped up to address these funding challenges. We hold an annual benefit, a garage sale, apply for grants, and participate in other revenue sharing events with local businesses to defray costs and raise revenue. We also reach out to neighboring communities to ensure the quality of life for all under our care.

The Office of Public Guardian is extremely fortunate to have an exceptionally qualified and dedicated staff that operates under the direction of our Executive Director, Karen Campbell. Campbell holds a law degree from the University of Miami, and has been with the agency since its inception. Our Board strives to ensure their well-being through employee benefits, competitive salaries, and avoidance of burnout. Our Executive Director and the dedicated staff spend untold hours protecting and serving our areas’ most vulnerable adults.

Our last challenge is Board development. Our goal is to continue to have a diverse, viable, engaged, and sustaining Board. To assist with this, we have begun a series of Board sessions that focus on visioning, sustainability, strategic planning, and needs assessments, among other topics. We are also reaching out across our geographic service area to recruit new members.

CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
OPG is a unique human services organization, serving some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. No other organization in our community serves as legal guardian for persons with limited financial means. To be eligible for our services, a person has been determined to have no one else available to serve as guardian. This means that oftentimes the person has no family members, or the family members are unable to serve as guardian.
 
Guardianship is not appropriate for every person with a mental disability, but for those who need it, guardianship is critically important. Life or death decisions are often in the hands of the guardian. Residential providers, like group homes or nursing facilities, are also important in meeting a person's care needs but, as a person's needs change, the residential caregivers may change.  For many of the people we serve, OPG is the only constant in a person's life.
Description
The public guardianship program's primary activity is to act as the legal guardian for persons with mental and/or physical disabilities, who have been adjudicated by a court as incapable of managing their own affairs, and who have no family or other persons willing to act as legal guardian.  

The public guardianship program provides financial management including bill pay and record keeping, residential placement, oversight and management of public benefits eligibility, and the arrangement of medical and mental health care. OPG Case Managers/Guardian Representatives provide person to person visits in the person's home to monitor personal and health progress. The public guardianship program works to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation. OPG remains guardian of record until the individual regains capacity, or dies.
 
 
Budget $400,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, Adults, Other Economic Level
Short Term Success New clients will have their presenting problem or issue addressed and stabilized within the first 12 months of receiving public guardianship services.
Long term Success
1. OPG will reduce incidents of abuse, neglect and exploitation among vulnerable target populations. At least 87% of persons served by OPG annually will be free from reported incidents of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
 
2. Persons served by OPG will receive regular and appropriate medical treatment. 100% of the persons served by OPG are assigned a primary care physician, and will receive an annual physical.
 
3. The basic needs of persons served by OPG will be met on an ongoing basis. At least 87% of persons served will have a balanced budget that adequately addresses basic needs, including appropriate shelter and food.
Program Success Monitored By
OPG tracks program success by completing quarterly monitoring assessments, and annual functional assessments of each individual served. The quarterly assessment checks the person's physical appearance, living conditions, social, psychological, educational, personal and medical needs. This assessment forms the basis of OPG's target goals for that individual. Annually, OPG provides the court with a comprehensive plan covering the individual's social, medical, behavioral, residential and physical well-being. OPG also provides the court with a detailed accounting of income received on behalf of the person, and a record of each expenditure. These reports are reviewed and approved by the court.
Examples of Program Success
In 2008, the statewide public guardianship program saved taxpayers $1,883,043. Facilitating the discharge of persons from hospitals to the community resulted in the largest cost savings.
 
OPG consistently provides these cost savings to the geographic area it serves. For example, Mr. J. recently experienced a hospital stay to treat aspiration pneumonia. When he was ready for discharge from the hospital, Mr. J. desperately asked to return to his group home. The doctors recommended, and OPG agreed, that Mr. J. needed a six-day stay in a rehab facility. On day four, OPG began asking for discharge plans to facilitate a smooth transition back to the group home. The nursing facility objected, plainly stating there was no need to discharge Mr. J. until he had depleted his Medicare reimbursement days (a 100 day stay). OPG strongly and successfully advocated for Mr. J's discharge on the sixth day. If OPG had not been involved, the more costly nursing home care would have been provided. With that one decision, OPG saved the government $19,552.
 
 
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Public guardianship services are crucial to the continuum of care offered to persons with dementia, brain injuries and other significant cognitive impairments.While the current financial picture of OPG is sound, the agency is actively seeking sources of recurring operational funding to secure its sound financial footing going forward. Community support of talent and monetary contributions are necessary to ensure the agency's ongoing success.
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Linda Nelson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2012 to June 2014
Email Linda.Nelson31@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Shelby Blank Tallahassee Surgical Associates
Mrs. Clarissa Dunlap Community Volunteer
Ms. Lynn C. Graybar CPACommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Glenique Hampshire RNCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Joel Jarrett Hancock Bank
Rev. Wil Merrick Fountain Chapel AME Church
Mr. Brian Moran RNHopewell Nurse Registry, LLC
Ms. Linda Nelson Community Volunteer
Mr. Mario Richardson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 22%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 44%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kathryn Ibarra Community Volunteer
Ms. Twyla Sketchley Sketchley Law, P.A.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Karen P Campbell
Term Start Aug 2000
Email Karen.Campbell@bigbendopg.org
Experience The Executive Director is a licensed attorney with 12 years of nonprofit management experience, and over 20 years of legal experience working with the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Hugh Handley J.D,Jan 1986 - Aug 2000
Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 11
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30 2013
Projected Revenue $454,812.00
Projected Expenses $454,812.00
Endowment Value $8,324.62
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$495,371$493,856$423,991
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$495,371$493,856$423,991
Individual Contributions$158,091$106,325$66,902
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$20,096$18,668$14,854
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$19,093$250$16,730
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$537,279$474,255$464,431
Administration Expense$44,551$38,944$36,664
Fundraising Expense$2,967$2,500$6,204
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.201.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$308,301$198,561$136,083
Current Assets$301,165$189,966$122,216
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$23,180$21,294$62,216
Total Net Assets$285,121$177,267$73,867
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.998.921.96
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments
2011 Audit and 990 for our immediate past fiscal year (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012) is in process at our auditor, James Moore & Co, and will be posted here upon receipt from them.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit or 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit or 990.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Office of the Public Guardian, Inc.
Address 2292 Wednesday St Ste 1
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Primary Phone 850 487-4609 100
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email wecare@bigbendopg.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Karen P Campbell
Board Chair Ms. Linda Nelson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2003