Category: General Supported Decision-Making Basics

Supported Decision-Making Basics

January 15, 2021

Presenters: Kile Pelletier, Program Associate, Speaking Up For Us, Staci Converse, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maine

Supported Decision-Making (SDM), often used as an alternative to guardianship, recognizes that people with decision-making challenges can retain their decision-making capacity by using supports to help them make choices.

Learn how SDM can be used to help preserve a person’s autonomy and independence, while still providing the person with support from family, friends, and community. Additionally, this training will provide a brief history of SDM and include information about exciting changes to Maine’s guardianship law, which now requires SDM and other less restrictive alternatives to be considered prior to awarding guardianship.


Materials: Supported Decision-Making Handbook, available for download at

For more information, contact Staci Converse at 800.452.1948 or via email,


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