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Posted on December 10, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Login on January 16 for this free webinar from the Minnesota Gerontological Society: “Supportive Decision Making – An Emerging Alternative to Guardianship.”

Anita Raymond, MSW is Program Manager, Protective Services and Care Management & Consultation Programs, Volunteers of America MN & WI

When working with people with cognitive, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities, we often turn to guardianship to address risk and vulnerability. But is this an overly restrictive tool? This webinar will discuss Supported Decision Making, an emerging paradigm for vulnerable populations and a person-centered model addressing safety concerns while protecting the dignity of persons at risk. Based on an Elder Justice Grant initiated in 2016, Volunteers of America has launched the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making to reduce unnecessary guardianships at the individual and systems level.

1.Explore the tension guardianship presents between helpful tool and infringement on civil rights.
2.Understand the person-centered approach of SDM and how it protects individual rights while still protecting those who are vulnerable to maltreatment.
3.Learn about Minnesota initiatives to address these issues on individual and systems levels, including the Guardianship Information Line, the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making, and WINGS MN

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