What is Supported Decision-Making and What’s Guardianship Got to Do with It?

Supported Decision Making is a newer concept for some. This session will explore it as a model for building upon a person’s abilities, support teams, and available community and residential service systems to address vulnerabilities as an alternative to guardianship and as an option to explore in terminating guardianships. Minnesota’s Guardianship statute was recently modified to address the reality that a guardianship may be an overly restrictive tool with sometimes surprising harms. Also, new legislation requires parties to try supported decision-making and other less restrictive alternatives prior to filing guardianship petitions.  This session will explore these issues and the role attorneys play in representing families as they contemplate seeking guardianship as well as tips for attorneys representing respondents.

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