PURPOSE OF THIS MANUAL This manual is written for individuals who need support and those who support them. You will read how Supported Decision-Making in Connecticut can be used in place of more restrictive means, such as guardianship and conservatorship, to preserve a person’s autonomy and independence, while still providing the person with support from his or her family, friends, and community.
Please be sure to read the entire manual. There are portions of this manual that are written in plain language, and other sections that are not. If there is something you do not understand, please ask for help from a trusted person. There are also resources in the back that can help you. The Appendices contain legal, resource, and support information about Supported Decision-Making. In addition to this manual, the Coalition, is developing materials, conducting webinars, and developing a website to provide resources, videos, and information about Supported Decision-Making Agreements.
DISCLAIMER This manual contains legal information but is not intended to be legal advice. The information is based on the law at the time this manual was produced. In Connecticut, there is currently no law that specifically allows a Supported DecisionMaking Agreement to be enforced but there is no law against having a Supported Decision-Making Agreement either. If you have questions about your legal rights, please speak with an attorney.