Supported Decision-Making (SDM) (for Minors)

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) What is it? Supported decision-making (SDM) applies to all types of decision-making. SDM supports people to understand and make decisions about their lives. A youth using SDM selects trusted advisors such as family members, friends, or...

Guardianship

Guardianship What is it? Parents are legally responsible for all decisions for their children until the child turns 18. A court can appoint a person to be a child’s guardian. What does Tennessee law say? Guardianship is defined in Tennessee Code Annotated Title 34...

ABLE Account

ABLE Account What is it? ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Account is a savings program for people with disabilities. It is managed by the Tennessee Department of Treasury. Your account is made in your name. You can save your money and use it to pay for things...

Special Needs Trust

Special Needs Trust What is it? Legal plan with someone you trust to protect the assets and money of a person with a disability. A Special Needs Trust can protect money or other property (like a house or car or other things a person owns) from being mismanaged or...

Supported Decision-Making (SDM)

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) What is it? Supported decision-making (SDM) applies to all types of decision-making. SDM supports people to understand and make decisions about their lives. A person using SDM selects trusted advisors such as family members, friends, or...

Advanced Healthcare Directive (Living Will)

Advanced Healthcare Directive (Living Will) What is it? A way to write down your healthcare decisions for the future so they must be followed. These documents tell your doctor and supporters what kind of medical treatment you want or do not want, in case you cannot...