Supported Decision Making CoverSupported Decision-Making (SDM) is a set of strategies that help individuals with disabilities have more control over their life and future. It involves family and friends working together with individuals to support them in making complex decisions.

This guide provides important information about empowering individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions about their life that protect both their rights while ensuring their safety and privacy.

It is for: family members and friends who support individuals with disabilities;legal and education professionals; and service providers, including guardians or other supporters who work with people with disabilities.

Download the Alternatives to Guardianship Guide 

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Presentation on Supported Decision-Making and Wisconsin’s new Supported Decision Making Law

Supported Decision-Making FAQ: – a short summary of questions and answers about Supported Decision Making in Wisconsin.

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Supported Decision-Making enables people with disabilities to ask for support where and when they need it. Powers of attorney, representative payees and simple release of information forms can also help families provide the needed supports and safeguards without going to court and imposing guardianship restrictions.

Supported Decision-Making Webinar: The Arc Wisconsin along with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources are coordinating informational sessions and training on Wisconsin’s new Supported Decision-Making law. View recorded webinar presentation: HERE


Supported Decision-Making: Resources

WI Department of Health Services Supported Decision Making AgreementHERE

Supported Decision-Making Agreement Worksheet: A useful worksheet to go through as you discuss the supports you will need in your SDM Agreement. HERE

Let’s Talk about Supported Decision Making: English Spanish

Supported Decision-Making Tracking Form: English

Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center provides legal information and resources to families and professionals regarding guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, powers of attorney, and other related issues.

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making has resources, publications, and a state-by-state guide to information on Supported Decision-Making.

American Bar Association offers The PRACTICAL Tool, which aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship.

Other Resources

Let’s Talk about Guardianship Alternatives: English Spanish

ABLE Accounts: Allows eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses.  ABLE Accountshttp://

Special Needs Trust: Managed by a trustee. Funds must be used to benefit the individual. Can be set up through a bank or through WISPACT.  WISPACT Special Needs Trust

Social Security’s Representative Payment Program provides financial management for the Social Security and SSI payments of our beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or SSI payments.  Representative Payee

Power of Attorney for Health Care Form

Living Will Form: 

Power of Attorney for Finances Form: