Kathleen Carlson, LSW
Kathleen is a licensed social worker and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work through Saint Cloud State University. Kathleen has been practicing social work since 2008 with older adults and adults living with mental illness in long term care settings. Since joining the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making/Protective Services, Kathleen has been able to expand her practice in social work to serve a broader group of clients including young adults, adults with I/DD diagnosis, and adults living with SPMI, as well as older adults.
Kathleen's passion lies in advocating for adults to maintain autonomy with a focus on dignity, quality of life, and the safest yet least restrictive options for each individual. By working in collaboration with the person, their supporters, and involved professionals, Kathleen continuously strives to support individuals to make the most informed decision for themselves.
Kathleen is the lead social worker on in person assessments which includes an in-depth, objective assessment with the person, including seeking extensive input from the person's formal and informal support system. Focusing on avoiding court and identifying appropriate less restrictive alternatives, Kathleen can develop recommendations to best meet the individual's needs while offering support to formal and informal decision-makers; aiming to support them to remain engaged, effective and person centered. She also applies these skills as a Care Management and Consultation Services social worker, providing person-centered assessments and ongoing care management to support older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families who may be long-distance caregivers or who are in need of objective evaluation of care situations, or experiencing family conflict over residential or care needs.
Kathleen co-authored CESDM Guide to Supported Decision Making in Minnesota: A Resource for Families and Other Supporters with colleagues Anita Raymond and Amanda Hudson in 2019. Kathleen is an active member on the MASWA (Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association) Board where she holds the position of Program and Education Chair; is a member of MAGiC (MN Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship) and serves on the MAGiC Journal Committee; and WINGS MN (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders). Kathleen is a graduate of Honoring Choices Minnesota’s Respecting Choices course and is qualified as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator; she is also a Notary Public.
The Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making Team was recognized with a MN DHS and MN Board on Aging 2019 Age and Disabilities Conference Award for making a lasting difference for older adults and persons with disabilities in Minnesota.
Anita Raymond, LISW, CMC, Program Director
Anita Raymond is a licensed independent social worker and certified care manager; she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and has over 30 years of professional experience in geriatric social work, beginning her career in county adult protection and community services prior to joining the team, then called Protective Services, in 1990. Anita is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making and Care Management & Consultation Services and provides back-up for both programs as needed. Anita is Co-Convener of WINGS MN, a Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders, whose aim is to build a system that prioritizes supportive decision making and less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, and that maximizes autonomy for persons under guardianship.
Anita is an active member of the MN Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC), serving on the Executive Board in various positions including President, Conference, Communications, Standards, Journal, and is currently the Bylaws Chair. Anita is a member of the Aging Life Care Association. Anita has completed the Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation's Respecting Choices course and qualifies as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator.
Anita co-authored CESDM Guide to Supported Decision Making in Minnesota: A Resource for Families and Other Supporters with Kathleen Carlson and Amanda Hudson in 2019. Anita is a frequent presenter to community and professional groups on topics including: supported decision making, guardianship and conservatorship, alternatives to guardianship and conservatorship, vulnerable adults and maltreatment, client autonomy and self-determination/dignity of risk, planning for incapacity, advance directives, and more.
Anita received the MN Elder Justice Center’s Jane Ochrymowycz Award for her innovative advocacy, energy, and ethical integrity to support vulnerable adults in 2019. The Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making Team was recognized with a MN DHS and MN Board on Aging 2019 Age and Disabilities Conference Award for making a lasting difference for older adults and persons with disabilities in Minnesota. Anita was honored to have received the national Volunteers of America 2018 Leadership Award for Excellence in Program Management. In 2008, Anita was recognized as the National Guardianship Association’s Outstanding Affiliate Member for Minnesota for her tireless passion and commitment to the quality of life for vulnerable adults in her work with MAGiC. Also in 2008, Anita was a recipient of the Shelley Joseph-Kordell Award, which honors “unsung heroes” who demonstrate a willingness to go the extra mile in working with older adults, a demonstrated passion for senior issues, and a clear impact in the senior community. Anita received the 2004 Age Odyssey award for exemplary service, leadership and advocacy. The Protective Services program received MAGiC’s Organizational Recognition Award in 1999.
Allycia is the Lead Guardianship Line Specialist with the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making. Allycia has supported people with disabilities and older adults in a variety of ways—at home, work, and in their communities. For nearly a decade, Allycia has dedicated herself to education and sharing information on Supported Decision Making (SDM) options, and alternatives to guardianship.
Allycia believes everyone has the ability, with the right supports, to lead their own life. She knows each person can be an active, valued member of their community. Allycia has led presentations on SDM, ableism, community connections, future planning, and much more. She has served as a surrogate decision maker through appointment by a Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive.
Allycia is also a certified Health Care Facilitator through Honoring Choices Minnesota. In 2019, she produced and hosted the Focus on the Future podcast, an educational resource for caregivers of adults with disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation, with a concentration in Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Our team members are actively involved in the professional community; they are members of the Aging Life Care Association, Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship, Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association, St. Paul Senior Workers Association, and Minnesota Elder Justice Center Partners group. Our team members also work to positively impact the fields of vulnerable adults, unbefriended elders / solos, and surrogate decision makers via relationships with elder law attorneys, county adult protection units, and State governmental staff, as well as active participation in relevant community events, task forces, and committees.
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