Supported Decision Making

The National Gateway to Self-Determination is pleased to be a participant in the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM).  The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities and the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City are partners with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and other entities to operate the NRC-SDM.

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM) builds on and extends the work of Quality Trust's Jenny Hatch Justice Project by bringing together vast and varied partners to ensure that input is obtained from all relevant stakeholder groups including older adults, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, advocates, professionals and providers. The NRC-SDM partners bring nationally recognized expertise and leadership on SDM, representing the interests of and receiving input from thousands of older adults and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They have applied SDM in groundbreaking legal cases, developed evidence-based outcome measures, successfully advocated for changes in law, policy and practice to increase self-determination and demonstrated SDM to be a valid, less-restrictive alternative to guardianship.  The National Gateway to Self-Determination website will feature resources, links, and resources pertaining to SDM that are of particular relevance and importance for stakeholders interested in issues pertaining to self-determination.

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making has excellent resources and content that go hand in hand with the mission of The National Gateway to Self-Determination. We are pleased to highlight some of these resources below:


Guardianship and Alternatives for Decision Making Support

  • Authors: Got Transition Staff and Tina Campanella
  • Description: The brief discusses guardianship issues and provides an outline of informal and legal support options for young adults (at least 18 years old) with intellectual disabilities. These options include guardianship, financial power of attorney, provisional guardianship, 90-day health care guardian, conservator, joint or trust fund account, health care durable power of attorney, and a waiver of confidentiality.

Supported Decision Making Brainstorming Guide