Supporting Decision Making Across the Age Spectrum A Report by The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging-March 2020

In May and June 2019, the Commission on Law and Aging convened advocates, experts, and policymakers in disabilities and aging to discuss decision supports for individuals across the age spectrum and to explore areas of consensus about supporting decision-making for all adults. Participants in the two forums, held in Washington, DC, agreed on some points…

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Samantha Backman, Initiatives from Around the World (2019)

This2019 report, prepared for the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law, discusses legal reforms undertaken by states from around the world in the area of legal capacity and supported decision-making. This report attempts to provide an overview of the substantive content of several recent legislative reforms in this field. For each jurisdiction discussed, the report will…

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Social Security Advisory Board Statement On The Supplemental Security Income Program

This paper looks at SSA’s statutory authority, the selection process for rep payees and the different responsibilities of rep payees in SSI and in SSA’s other programs. It also provides an overview of the make-up of the current SSI rep payee program for adult beneficiaries. Although there are troubling issues in the SSI children’s program,…

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Improving Social Security’s Representative Payee Program, January 2018

This report is organized into five parts listed below; it responds to the call for change by providing short-term recommendations which the board believes will strengthen the current administrative process and create a more manageable monitoring role, all while the board advocates for long-term structural changes which will involve comprehensive government-wide coordination efforts and cross-agency…

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Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans

Guardians are entrusted with significant power over individuals who rely on their support. A guardian’s authority can range from deciding where an individual will live and when to seek medical care to choosing if family members are allowed to visit and how to spend retirement savings. Most guardians are selfless, dedicated individuals who play an…

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Summary Paper: ASAN’s Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community

This paper gives an overview of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s summit, “Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community.” It discusses the purpose of the summit, the structure of the summit, and the outcomes and conclusions reached by its ends. It will be followed at a later date by a more…

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Evaluation of the Supported Decision-Making Phase 2 (SDM2) project: Final report funded by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)

The Supported Decision Making Phase 2 (SDM2) project was a pilot program funded by NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) and undertaken by the NSW Public Guardian (PG) from January 2016 until June 2017. It consisted of two components: first, the Financial Decision Making (FDM) Program worked with 33 people with cognitive impairments (‘decision makers’)…

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AJuPID Project, Comparison of legal systems in access to justice for persons with intellectual disabilities (2015)

This report surveys several European jurisdictions’ laws and programs surrounding persons’ with I/DD exercise of legal capacity. Towards the end of the report, it describes a number of forms of SDM that are being used in Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom. This brief overview also includes brief quotes from persons with I/DD and psychosocial…