Maine’s Supported Decision-Making Coalition

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The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) is a member of Maine’s Supported Decision-Making Coalition, led by Disability Rights Maine. As a Coalition partner, CCIDS supports the expanded use of Supported Decision-Making by older adults and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to exercise greater self-determination, and the reform of policy and practice to make Supported Decision-Making a universally accepted alternative to guardianship.

Supported Decision-Making is a method of developing decision-making skills by relying on a team of supporters to assist the individual with collecting information, processing information, and coming to an informed decision.

Blanck, P. and Martinis, J. (2015, March). The Right to Make Choices: The National Resource Center for Supported Decision‐Making (PDF). Inclusion, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 24-33. Retrieved online from

Funding Source:

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making State Grant to Disability Rights Maine

Funding Period:

July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

Coalition Coordinator:

Lydia Paquette, Esq.
Disability Rights Maine
24 Stone Street, Suite 204
Augusta, Maine 04330
207.626.2774 x210 (V/TTY)
800.452.1948 (V/TTY)
207.621.1419 (FAX)

Coalition Contact at CCIDS:

Alan Kurtz, Ph.D.
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 242
Orono, ME 04469-5717
TTY users call Maine Relay 711

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