The Center for Public Representation is working with other members of the Massachusetts Advocates for Supported Decision-making (MASDM) Coalition to advocate for passage of legislation that would create a legal framework for SDM across the Commonwealth. A legislative deadline is fast approaching in early February. We urge you to support this effort by taking action now.
As MASDM co-chair, Jonathan Gardner, said in a recent news article: “SDM has allowed me to practice and strengthen my decision-making skills and learn self-advocacy . . . But until SDM legislation is passed in Massachusetts, I have no guarantee that my decisions will be respected.” Legislatures in at least 19 other States and the District of Columbia have already passed similar legislation. We urge Massachusetts to join them.
Please contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities (for the Senate bill, S. 109) and the Joint Committee on the Judiciary (for the House bill, H. 1485) to ensure the bills go to vote.