Supported Decision-Making

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a series of relationships, practices, arrangements and agreements designed to assist an individual with a disability to make and communicate to others decisions about their life.

*NEW* Supported Decision-Making: A User’s Guide for People with Disabilities and Their Supporters is now available (Updated July 2019) !!! Click below to download your copy today!

To learn more about Supported Decision-Making, or to request a training for your organization, contact Disability Rights Maine at 1.800.452.1948 or fill out our online contact form.

Q:What is Supported Decision-Making?

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a tool that allows people with disabilities to retain their decision-making capacity by choosing supports to help them make choices.

Q:What does Supported Decision-Making actually look like?

Supported Decision-Making will look different for everyone. It means finding supports to help a person with a disability understand, make, and communicate their own choices. When using Supported Decision-Making, the person can execute a Supported Decision-Making agreement which identifies their method of decision-making. This document can help doctors, bankers, lawyers, and other third parties to understand and accept the decision of the person with a disability.

Q:Are there free trainings on SDM available?

Yes! DRM routinely offers trainings and workshops. To sign up for one of our quarterly trainings held throughout the state at DHHS locations, please visit this link:, scroll to the desired location/time, and click through the heading to register. Call us if you have any trouble registering or if you have a specific training request!

(207) 626-2774

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