How are guardian and attorney fees handled when participation is available?

Guardians are required to provide notice of a fee request to the HCS Regional Administrator or designee. HCS has the opportunity to object to the request at a hearing. After the court has reviewed and approved the fees they send an order to DSHS to adjust the client’s participation. The amount of money the client pays for his/her cost of care is then reduced by the monthly amount the court directed. This allows the client to use his/her income to pay the guardianship fees (by law, guardianship fees cannot be paid directly by the state).