CPR Hosts SDM Symposium in Massachusetts

Five adults, one holding a baby, sit on a panel.
Sandra Heller, Cory Carlotto, Maggy Walto, Van Nguyen, Sophia Johansson

The Center for Public Representation was proud to host a symposium on October 21, 2019 to discuss Supported Decision-Making (SDM) in Massachusetts.  The symposium brought together more than 65 stakeholders from a range of backgrounds to strategize about how expand the practice of SDM in the state.

Attendees included self-advocates, SDM users from CPR’s pilots, family members, supporters, lawyers from state agencies, legal services attorneys, medical professionals, elder services providers and advocates, agencies serving people with I/DD, and more.

Conversations touched on how SDM can work most effectively in a health care setting, making the model work within the Vietnamese community and across other cultures, and ensuring SDM is practiced with integrity.

There was also discussion and interest in the Supported Decision-Making legislation CPR has been working hard to get passed in Massachusetts (S. 64, H. 172).

Attendees reported it was particularly informative to hear directly from SDM users Cory, Johnathan, and Amanda about how SDM has transformed their lives.  CPR looks forward to maintaining connections to the attendees who were identified because they are uniquely positioned to advance the use of SDM in the state.

This symposium was funded through generous support of the WITH Foundation, Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, and The Becker Family Trust Grants for Innovation.


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