In the summer of 2015, the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a five year, $1.5 million grant project “to develop and distribute educational materials and pilot supported decision-making models with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside throughout New York State.” In December of that year the grant was awarded to a consortium of Hunter College/CUNY, the New York State Association of Community and Residential Providers (NYSCRA) and the Arc of Westchester entitled Supported Decision-Making New York (SDMNY)

Since that time, SDMNY has worked closely with DDPC and Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the Protection & Advocacy agency for people with disabilities in New York to inform and educate a wide variety of stakeholders about supporting decision-making, and to design and implement two pilot projects, one for diversion of persons with I/DD from guardianship, and the second to restore rights to persons with I/DD currently subject to guardianship. Information sessions have been held in New York City and Westchester County, and SDMNY has made presentations at statewide conferences for providers, guardians, self advocates, and the court system.

SDMNY is working with the NYC Department of Education to include support decision-making in planning for transition age youth, with the CUNY Theresa Riggio Scholars to make supported decision-making a part of inclusive post-secondary education, and with the New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to ensure that Supported Decision-Making Agreements (SDMAs) will be recognized in providing benefits.