Supported Decision-Making Bill

What is Supported Decision-Making?

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a unique tool proven successful in 12 states and D.C., that will further the Florida Legislature’s intent to ensure guardianship is only imposed when there is no alternative. It allows people with disabilities to make their own decisions with the support of people they trust. It is an alternative to guardianship.

Why is it important?

We all use Supported Decision-Making (SDM) every day to get advice from family and friends. We may ask for help deciding what laptop to buy or whether to repair our car.   

A person with a disability (“decision-maker”) can formalize how they use SDM in an agreement. They can say what things they want support with, like money, health, education, or housing. They can also say who they want to support them (“supporters”) and how they do and do not want to be supported. This is called a Supported Decision-Making Agreement (SDMA).

This year the Florida Legislature is considering bills SM 1010 and HB 681 that are very important! These bills will create a Supported Decision-Making (SDM) Law for Florida! SDM is an alternative to guardianship that allows people with disabilities to keep their rights and make their own decisions with the support of people they trust.

Alternatives to Guardianship explained

Learn more about why we need an SDM Bill!

What can you do?

Call and Write your legislators and ask them to vote YES on SB1010 and HB681.

Calling your legislators is the most effective way to have your voice heard.

Staff writes down the number of calls received for big bills.

Tip: Ask for a written response, so staff is more likely to make note of your call. This helps legislators know what matters to their constituents.

MAKE THE CALL – Say you are a constituent calling to support the SDM Bill. Tip: Call the District Office, they often have more staff.

Check out how Tyler Borjas got his rights back!

Tyler is the second person in Florida to get his rights back using Supported Decision-Making. He is a member of the SDM4FL coalition.