Supported decision making

Supported Decision-Making New York (SDMNY) began as a pilot in 2016 to build capacity for SDM as an alternative to guardianship for people with I/DD. The project developed a successful 3-phase facilitation process that engaged more than 100 Decision-Makers to create their own SDM Agreements and created an evidentiary base for SDM Agreement legislation which passed and was signed in July 2022.

Currently, SDMNY is operating under a 3-year contract with OPWDD to develop a statewide service delivery infrastructure, with the NY Alliance as a continuing collaborator.

This webinar will provide an overview of SDM as a legal and less restrictive alternative to guardianship, information about the SDMNY project goals and implementation, and how agencies can become partners in the initiative and/or connect individuals with disabilities to the SDMNY Facilitation process.


  • Naomi Brickel, Director, SDMNY
  • Jennifer Ivery, Sr. Director of Communications & Project Management, NY Alliance & Senior Mentor, SDMNY
  • Ann Hardiman, Chief Innovation Officer, NY Alliance


When: Nov. 14, 2023

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Register here

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