Alaska enacted decision-making legislation in 2019. There are no new supported decision-making bills pending. We have not located any case law specifically recognizing supported decision-making but it may still be required as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship.
- Supported Decision-Making Statute:
- H.B. 336, 30th Leg., 2nd Reg. Sess. (Alaska 2018)
- Description: Codifies SDM Agreements for adults and creates a statutory SDM Agreement form
- Frequently asked questions and additional information about the statute available here.
- Status: Effective December 26, 2018
- View Resource [www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/30?Root=HB%20336]
- Hope Community Resources Link: www.hopealaska.org/services/supported-decision-making
- State SDMA Contact: Michael Stevenson, Business Services Project Manager I, Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-310-1715
- PowerPoint: Anne L. Applegate, Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, “Supported Decision Making: Rethinking Guardianship” (May 9, 2017) [health.alaska.gov/gcdse/Documents/calendar/201705/SupportedDecisionMaking.pdf]
- Website: Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
Efforts include supporting the Supported Decision-Making Act, developing tools and starting a pilot SDM project, planning an SDMA Summit for 11/15/18, and presenting at least 25 SDM trainings around the state.
- Supported Decision-Making Agreement Overview Video
Source: Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
- Alaska SDM Website
- Agency Guide Crafting Supported Decision-Making Agreements
- Information on Supported Decision-Making Agreements – Disability Law Center of Alaska
- Alaska Presentation at NRC-SDM National Symposium (June 2019) [sdm-ak-ppt.pdf]
Information Last Updated: June 16, 2022