What is the National Center for Supported Decision-Making?

What is the National Center for Supported Decision-Making?

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Part of the Right to Act campaign involves spreading the word about positive practices from around the world. Today we wanted to draw peoples attention to the National Center for Supported Decision-Making, an exciting new initiative to emerge from the United States of America.

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM) grew from the work of Quality Trust’s Jenny Hatch Justice Project. The Center sought to bring together varied partners relevant to legal capacity, supported decision-making and so on. This includes older adults, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, advocates, professionals and providers.

The Center provides a focal point for nationally recognized expertise and leadership on SDM in the USA., representing the interests of and receiving input from thousands of older adults and people with I/DD. The Center uses ideas based on Article 12 of the CRPD in groundbreaking legal cases. They seek to develop evidence-based outcome measures and advocate for changes in law, policy and practice to increase self-determination. The Center demonstrates how supported decision-making is a valid, less-restrictive alternative to guardianship.

The website states:

Here, you’ll find information about the Right to Make Choices – the right we all have to make our own decisions and direct our own lives.

How would you feel if you had no say in where you live? Or where you work? Or who you spend time with? Or what you can buy and spend money on? That’s what can happen to older adults and people with disabilities when someone else has the power to make decisions for them, like when they’re put in a guardianship.

We believe that everyone has the Right to Make Choices. Supported Decision-Making is a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving any help they need to do so.

So have a look at the website and make use of the impressive range of resources the Center provides.



This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of PERSON (Partnership to Ensure Reforms of Supports in Other Nations) and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.