nonoCCmassIDSharing this great example of how Supported Decision-Making is working for Christian, who was introduced on April 22 here on Facebook. This story is told by his friend and a member of his Supported Decision-Making team:

On May 17, 2016 Christian Cornwell went to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to acquire a Massachusetts identification card. He met with a RMV supervisor and we wondered if Christian had enough documentation to acquire one. He only had a school identification card and insurance cards. Christian used his SDM Agreement along with his birth certificate as proof of person in his pursuit of the ID. The supervisor had questions on basically what the SDM Agreement was and its purpose. Nonotuck Resource Associates care manager Maggy Walto helped Christian describe the purpose of the SDM Agreement and how it is used. He explained that he was trying to meet the requirement of presenting documentation with an address and signature on it. The SDM Agreement is the only documentation we had to present. The RMV agreed to make an exception, and Christian walked out very happy with his Mass ID.

Chris relied on his notarized SDM Agreement as proof of his signature to meet one of the requirements to obtain a state identification card, and in the process, he and his care manager advanced SDM by explaining to an agent at the Registry of Motor Vehicles what SDM is and how it works.

Great job, Christian!


Chris is a 29-year-old man who resides in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, with his mother, Sally, and his niece, Marta, and her family. Chris currently works as a custodian through Advantage Employment Network. He has been employee for more than seven years. He enjoys his work and his co-workers. Chris has Down syndrome.

Chris loves the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – the subject of the Broadway musical, the Jersey Boys, which also was made into a movie. Chris knows many of the songs by heart.  He watches the Jersey Boys and Under the Streetlamp movies several times a week. For his birthday in 2015, Chris realized one of his dreams and saw the Jersey Boys live on Broadway in NYC with a group of friends!

He enjoys spending time with his great-nephews Sebastian and Gabe; he watches WWE wrestling with Sebastian on Monday and Friday nights. Chris enjoys listening to country music, especially songs by his favorite artist, Tim McGraw. He also loves to watch ‘The Voice’ and ‘America’s Got Talent.’

In the fall of 2015, Chris’ family was approached by the Department of Developmental Services about guardianship for Chris as part of the discussion of future planning.   Sally did her research and spoke with her family and others close to her and to Chris to further understand the options.

After Sally heard about the Supportive Decision-Making (SDM) Pilot, she and Chris met with staff from the Center for Public Representation and Nonotuck. Chris and Sally agreed that SDM would be a perfect fit for Chris because he likes to be his own boss, and he seeks the help of his family members and friends in sorting out the issues to make an informed decision. Chris’s SDM team includes his mother, his sister Cyndi, his niece Marta, and his friend Maggy, who also is a Nonotuck care manager.