Exercising Autonomy, Dignity and Choice: The Role of Supported Decision-Making for People with Psychiatric Diagnoses

Deborah A. Dorfman, J.D., Executive Director, Disability Rights Connecticut

This presentation explores the ways in which supported decision-making can be used to advocate the rights of self-determination for people with psychiatric diagnoses. Specifically, the presentation will include an overview and history and evolution of supported-decision making. It will also examine the advantages of and barriers to, supported-decision making, and how to people with psychiatric diagnoses can use supported-decision making in exercising their rights. The presentation will also provide legal and other advocacy tips to successfully advocate for supported decision making in lieu of restrictive alternatives such as guardianship and conservatorship