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Center for Integrated Programs (CIP)

Office of Consumer Access and Self Determination

Supported Decision Making Program

In 2014, ACL developed and awarded a new cooperative agreement titled, Supported Decision Making Technical Assistance Center.

The Purpose of the Program

The purpose of this program is to create a training and technical assistance and resource center on supported decision making (SDM) through a cooperative agreement.

Program Information

Program Period:
September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2019

Award Amount:
$325,000 per year

CFDA Number:

Assistance Type:
Cooperative Agreement

Grantee Name and Contact:
Quality Trust
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 825
Washington, DC 20015-2103

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Objectives of the Program

The Administration on Community Living along with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and their partners, the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University (BBI), The Kansas University Life Span Institute (KU), The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (ABA), the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Family Voices (FV), and Parent to Parent USA (P2P), will work to meet the following objectives:

  • document and disseminate successful supported decision-making practices;
  • conduct research to fill data and information gaps;
  • develop training materials and provide technical assistance to ACL networks on SDM issues, including youth transition;
  • develop a strategy that measures and demonstrates the impact of supported decision-making on the lives of people with I/DD and older Americans;
  • design and implement a small grants demonstration program that awards funding to four to seven community organizations no later than the 8th month of the first year of this project; and
  • develop a clearinghouse of existing materials and resources, academic work and practices, success stories, and newly-developed research and training materials, to be made available to the general public.

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Program Activity

Accomplishments to date include:

  • created the Supported Decision Making website
  • presented at numerous conferences on supported decision making
  • developed and presented multi-part webinar series
  • created and implemented a state grant program
  • worked to develop policy and practice related to supported decision making
  • convened national conference on supported decision making
  • conducted literature review on the capacity, environmental demands, and supports needed for supported decision making
  • developing a Supported Decision Making Assessment
  • began survey of people using supported decision making

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Resources and Useful Links

Other information and resources related to ACL’s supported decision making efforts can be found on the following websites of partner organizations:

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Last Modified: 4/1/2016