Many leading national organizations and the federal government have taken positions in favor of Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship.

Below are just a few of the many national organizations and government agencies that endorse the use of Supported Decision-Making.

Does your organization promote Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship?

The American Bar Association

“Resolved that the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal legislatures to amend their guardianship statutes to require that supported decision-making be identified and fully considered as a less restrictive alternative before guardianship is imposed; and urges courts to consider supported decision-making as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship….” American Bar Association Resolution 113 at line 1-4.

National Guardianship Association 

“The National Guardianship Association supports ongoing research to determine the effectiveness of supported decision-making models as alternatives to guardianship. Guardianship should be utilized only when lesser restrictive supports are not available. Alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision making, should always be identified and considered whenever possible prior to the commencement of guardianship proceedings.” National Guardianship Association, Position Statement on Guardianship, Surrogate Decision Making and Supported Decision Making, at 2 (2017).

The Arc of the United States

The Arc of the United States has issued a position statement in favor of Supported Decision-Making as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship.

National Council on Disabilities

National Council on Disabilities recommendation on Supported Decision-Making as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship.

National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network supports the use of Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autistic Self Advocacy Network has been actively promoting Supported Decision-Making for many years.

Administration for Community Living

The Administration for Community Living has been funding work on Supported Decision-Making for many years, including, most recently in 2020, creating the Center for Youth Voice/Youth Choice to promote alternatives to guardianship for youth. CPR is a proud partner in the Center for Youth Voice/Youth Choice.  The Administration for Community Living also funded the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making.  The National Resource Center is a project of: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and their partners, the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University, The Kansas University Life Span Institute, The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Family Voices, and Parent to Parent USA.

Fourth National Guardianship Summit

Delegates at the Fourth National Guardianship Summit approved many recommendations that promote the practice of Supported Decision-Making and encourage courts to consider it as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship. The summit was convened by the National Guardianship Network.

For a list of Massachusetts organizations advocating for Supported Decision-Making, please see our page on Massachusetts Supported Decision-Making legislation.