Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans

Guardians are entrusted with significant power over individuals who rely on their support. A guardian’s authority can range from deciding where an individual will live and when to seek medical care to choosing if family members are allowed to visit and how to spend retirement savings. Most guardians are selfless, dedicated individuals who play an…

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Summary Paper: ASAN’s Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community

This paper gives an overview of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s summit, “Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community.” It discusses the purpose of the summit, the structure of the summit, and the outcomes and conclusions reached by its ends. It will be followed at a later date by a more…

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Evaluation of the Supported Decision-Making Phase 2 (SDM2) project: Final report funded by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)

The Supported Decision Making Phase 2 (SDM2) project was a pilot program funded by NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) and undertaken by the NSW Public Guardian (PG) from January 2016 until June 2017. It consisted of two components: first, the Financial Decision Making (FDM) Program worked with 33 people with cognitive impairments (‘decision makers’)…

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AJuPID Project, Comparison of legal systems in access to justice for persons with intellectual disabilities (2015)

This report surveys several European jurisdictions’ laws and programs surrounding persons’ with I/DD exercise of legal capacity. Towards the end of the report, it describes a number of forms of SDM that are being used in Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom. This brief overview also includes brief quotes from persons with I/DD and psychosocial…

Florida DDC, Charting a New Course Restoration of Capacity Study & Work Group Report (2014)

This multimodal research project employed web-based surveys, focus groups, case file reviews, and point-of-intake tracking to collect information on the prevalence of rights restoration proceedings in Florida. The researchers found that guardians infrequently initiated restoration proceedings on behalf of persons under guardianship; persons under guardianship are unaware of their rights; families failed to understand the…

HSRI, SDM Pilot A Collaborative Approach Pilot Evaluation Year 1 Report (2015)

The Human Services Research Institute’s interim report contains an independent evaluation of the first year of the Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Nonotuck Resource Associates, Inc.’s ongoing project in Northampton, Massachusetts. The project reached 8 decision-makers (DMs) and paired them with facilitators who had existing relationships with them that ranged from 3 to 30…

Cmty Matters Pty Ltd, HCSCC SDM Program 2014-15 Evaluation Report (2015)

This report evaluates the South Australian Health Services Complaints Commission’s (HSCC) SDM program from 2014 to 2015, which reached 8 decision-makers (DMs). Facilitators and supporters reported that as a result of their participation 6 of the 8 DMs experienced improved outcomes in well-being (greater confidence, better mood) and behavior (greater willingness to try new things,…