Patricia Kaufman

last updated 9/15/2017

Patricia L. Kaufman

Managing Director at Selfhelp Community Services Inc

520 Eighth Avenue, New York City, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(212) 971-7600

General Information


BA degreeUniversity of Vermont

MBA - Finance , 


Advisor - Vera Institute of Justice

Member - National Guardianship Foundation

Recent News

According to Selfhelp Director Pat Kaufman, it's very common for people to deny meeting with court evaluators or receiving notification of court proceedings or overall guardian matters.They are often disobliging, she said, as a result of feeling stripped of their dignity for no longer being self-reliant.The majority of Selfhelp's 360 clients (60 of whom live in Queens) have asserted the same baseless accusations, said Kaufman.It's extremely difficult for them to accept that they are not self-sufficient, she said.Kaufman denied this, and said a Selfhelp caseworker tried to approach Pinkas during a monthly visit and when Pinkas became extremely belligerent, the caseworker called the police, who decided to place Pinkas in an institution.

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Vera Institute of Justice | Projects | The Guardianship Project | Advisors

Patricia L. KaufmanProgram Director, Community Guardian ProgramSelfhelp Community Services, Inc. Patricia L. Kaufman is the Program Director of the Community Guardian Program at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., a not-for profit agency in NYC.She has worked in the field of guardianship for nine years.Her program acts as guardian for 240 incapacitated individuals, ages 18 and over, who live throughout all five boroughs.Since 2001 when Ms. Kaufman became director, the program size has doubled and is expected to double again in the next year.Ms. Kaufman is a Registered Guardian and a member of the National Guardianship Foundation.She came to guardianship from the private sector where she held various corporate positions.Ms. Kaufman earned a BA degree from the University of Vermont, and received her MBA in Finance from Fordham University. back to top

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