The CPR Nonotuck Supported Decision-Making Pilot Project included nine people in their mid-twenties to their late seventies with wide-ranging needs and life desires. The pilot participants had varying disabilities and required different levels of support.
The nine pilot participants chose their own networks of supporters. The supporters helped the participants make decisions about important things in their lives including their living arrangements, job opportunities, purchases, health matters, vacations, and relationships. With help from the supporters, the pilot participants made their own decisions. Support networks were both big and small — some pilot participants had two supporters and one had ten supporters. Supporters spanned generations and included grandparents, parents, and siblings, as well as friends and service providers.
One participant had been under guardianship when he joined the Pilot. Read the story of how his guardianship was discharged here.