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North Dakota Resources

IVN Meeting, February 22, 2018
“Supported Decision-making – An alternative to Guardianship” A conversation discussing the use of this model in North Dakota. This is the first in a series of state-wide meetings with stakeholders to introduce Supported Decision-making. It includes a presentation about an individual who is a high-functioning young woman with Down Syndrome who was placed under temporary guardianship and sent to a series of group homes, away from the community she knew and loved, and against her will.

The following link will take you to a recording of the IVN presentation. IVN Presentation

National Resources

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-making
A national effort to advance the use of supported decision-making in practice for people needing assistance making life decisions. Project activities are designed to ensure input is obtained from all relevant stakeholder groups including older adults, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, advocates, professionals and providers.

“Justice for Jenny”

After a year of litigation and six days of trial, Jenny Hatch won the right to make decisions for herself, using Supported Decision-Making: to direct her life to the maximum of her abilities and choose where to live, what to do and who to see.
Justice for Jenny

Center for Public Representation (CPR)

CPR is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to improving the quality of lives of individuals with disabilities. Nonotuck Resource Associates, Inc. is an established social service provider offering innovative long-term and residential services. Together they are piloting a project promoting supported decision-making instead of guardianship.

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates adopted Resolution 113, urging state, territorial, and tribal legislatures to (1) 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 (2) require that decision-making supports that would meet the individual’s needs be identified and fully considered in proceedings for termination of guardianship and restoration of rights.

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report titled, Beyond Guardianship: Toward Alternatives that Promote Greater Self-Determination that thoroughly examines guardianship.

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