Arizona has not passed supported decision-making legislation, but a bill that would recognize supported decision-making is 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.
Adult Guardianship Statute:
Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 14-5101 to -5110; 14-5301 to -5315; 14-5501 to -5507; 14-5301 to -5315; 14-5401 to -5433; 14-12101 to -12503; 36-564 (pertaining to developmental disabilities)
Supported Decision-Making Statute
- H.B. 2751, 2022 Leg., 55th Sess. – 2d Reg. Sess. (Ariz. 2022)
- Description: Would amend Section 14-1201, Arizona Revised Statutes by adding article 9 (relating to individuals with disabilities entering Supported Decision Making Agreements).
- Status: Proposed to House on a second reading on 02/14/2022.
- Public Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/77817
- H.B. 2538, 2021 Leg., 55th Sess. (Ariz. 2021)
- Description: Would add supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship.
- Status: Failed in Senate on third reading on 05/26/2021
- Public Link: [ https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/75169 ]
- Website: Southwest Institute for Families and Children Supported Decision-Making Pilot Project
- Facebook Page: Arizona Supported Decision-Making
- Southwest Institute for Families and Children: Supported Decision-Making Curriculum
- Website: Legal Forms – Medical Directive, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Mental Healthcare Power of Attorney
- PowerPoint: Legal Options Manual – Legal Options for Adults with a Disability Who Need Assistance, Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
- Publication: Arizona Center for Disability Law Press Release: “ACDL to Partner in Pilot Project for Supported Decision-Making Information and Training, “October 11, 2018
- Publication: Off the Guardianship Path: Utilizing Supported Decision-Making as a Road to Self-Determination, The Arc of Arizona and the Southwest Institute for Families and Children with Special Needs
Information Last Updated: July 21, 2022