Supported Decision Making

Key Information on Supported Decision Making

Wisconsin Act 345 (which was enacted April 18, 2018) requires lesser restrictive alternatives to be considered before pursuing an adult guardianship. Wisconsin Statute § 54.10(3)(a)4. explains a court may appoint a guardian only if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the individual’s needs for assistance in decision making or communication is unable to be met effectively and less restrictively through other means such as training, education, support services, health care, assisted devices, a supported decision-making agreement or other means the individual will accept.

Wisconsin has a Supported Decision Making Agreement Form. It does not require a doctor’s signature but two witnesses and a notary. The form can be found here: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/library/f-02377.htm

There is still a continuum of options for families to consider, some that can be used to complement each other to help people with disabilities and frail elders make decisions:

  • Release of Information
  • Representative Payee
  • Power of Attorney for Finance
  • Power of Attorney for Health
  • Living Will
  • Partial or Full Guardianship

Sources in Wisconsin to learn more about Supported Decision Making are:

 

Supported Decision Making Recorded Sessions

1 ½ DHS webcast: livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/8538739/videos/188401362

This is 3 sessions of a statewide training in Madison: livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9024696

The Wisconsin Youth Health Transition Initiative has recorded presentations from their healthcare provider learning community calls:

George Zaske- youtu.be/wHjoGYs5zoU

Tami Jackson- youtu.be/q9RNUvKVEbI

 

National Information