If you read last month’s blog post about some of the transition changes that will take effect next school year (2018-19) as a result of SB 748
, you might remember reading that schools will soon be responsible for more thoroughly supporting students with decision-making and self-determination, which includes supported decision-making agreements.
But when did supported decision-making agreements become an option in Texas for adults with disabilities, you might ask? Supported Decision-Making Agreements (SDMA) were added to the Estates Code under Guardianship and Related Procedures during the 84th legislative session in 2015
. SDMA were introduced as a way to implement a less restrictive substitute for guardianship for adults with disabilities who need assistance with decisions regarding daily life.
For more information on supported decision-making agreements, you may find these resources helpful: