Alternatives to Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making Options

Many people think that guardianship is the best way to help adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities make important decisions; however, guardianship restricts many of the individual’s rights and is often not necessary. In fact, Washington state’s guardianship law requires considering alternatives first. Find out what they are and how to put them in place.

Alternatives to Guardianship: Supported Decision Making (PDF)



Updated on Jan/25/2016

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