Colorado enacted supported decision-making legislation in 2020 and 2021. 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.

Guardianship Laws

Guardianship: Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 15-14-101 to -12215-14-301 to -31915-14-401 to -43415-14.5-101 to -503

Supported Decision-Making: Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 15-14-801 (primary supported decision-making statute); 15-14-102 (7.5), (13.5); 15-14-113.5 (requiring courts to appoint visitor to evaluate decision-making supports)

Supported Decision-Making

State Legislation

  • C.R.S.A. § 15-14-801 et seq. (Effective September 7, 2021)
    • Description: Allows an adult with a disability to voluntarily enter into supported decision-making agreements that allow members of the supportive community to:
      • Help with general decision making
      • Assist in collecting, obtaining, and understanding information related to medical, psychological, financial, educational, occupational, and social decisions, if the person with a disability requests that assistance
      • Assist in communicating the adult with a disability’s decisions to the appropriate persons
    • Bill number: S.B. 75, 73nd Gen. Assemb., 1st Reg. Sess. (Colo. 2021)
      • Public link: []
    • Status: Effective as of Sept. 7, 2021 
    • Public link to statute: []
  • C.R.S.A. §§ 15-14-102 (7.5), (13.5); 15-14-113.5
    • Description: Requires the court to appoint a court visitor to interview the respondent and others and report to the court on the supported decision-making surrounding the respondent if the court appoints as an emergency guardian or special conservator a professional person or public administrator.
    • Bill number: S.B. 129, 72nd Gen. Assemb., 2nd Reg. Sess. (Colo. 2020)
    • Status: Codified as of Sept 14, 2020
    • Public link to statute: []

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Case Law & Court Orders

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State Grant Programs

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Other Resources

Information Last Updated: June 6, 2023