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Public Guardians and Court Visitors

Supported Decision-Making Agreements (SDMAs) can be used by someone whether they have a guardian or not. They can also be used to restore rights for people who are under an overly-restrictive supervision order. The agreements can engage supporters that are family or friends in gathering information, helping with forms or documents, and/or going to appointments. Developing a SDMA and facilitating its use is a structured way to follow the statutory guidelines for practices as a guardian.

The resources and links below can help public guardians and court visitors understand SDMAs and the role they can play in reducing the need for full guardianships. There are several trainings on supported decision-making and the SDMAs used in Alaska. There are videos to demonstrate the process and provide examples of positive outcomes for people who use alternatives to full guardianship for decision-making. Another section of this website has information that can be given to people who might want a SDMA and to their family or friend supporters. For a look at the statutory template of the agreement, the law, and tools for lawyers that write the SDMAs, you can go back to Home or click the link on the left side of this page.


Adult guardianship may not always be the answer. Learn more about Alaska's newest legislation, Supported Decision Making Agreements to see if it might be a tool to use for your situation.