Past Free Webcast – What’s New in Supported Decision Making in Minnesota? – February 11, 2021

Earn 1.00 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

By: Anita Raymond, LISW, CMC, Program Director, Volunteers of America – Minnesota, Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making

Handout – Supportive Decision Making 2.11.21

What is Supported Decision Making (SDM), and who does it benefit?  Can SDM alleviate the need for guardianship? This session will provide a brief overview of supported decision making, recent changes to Minnesota’s guardianship statute related to SDM, and describe examples where SDM was utilized as a person-centered way to support a person’s choices while balancing care and safety needs.


  1. Define supported decision making and incapacity according to MN statute
  2. Describe the role of SDM in avoiding guardianship.
  3. Explore how SDM can be used to support older adults with cognitive impairments at risk of guardianship.

Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making (CESDM)

A statewide resource offering free in-depth telephone consultation, referrals, information and assistance through the Guardianship Information Line. CESDM also offers multi-dimensional assessments of persons who are at risk for guardianship/conservatorship services.


Call or email for a free consultation

844-333-1748          CESDM@VOAMN.ORG

Anita Raymond, LISW, director of the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making and Care Management & Consultation programs at Volunteers of America MN, is a frequent presenter to community and professional groups on supported decision making, guardianship and alternatives, vulnerable adults and maltreatment, dignity of risk and more. Anita is co-convener of Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS-MN), Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC) executive board member and active participant in the Minnesota Elder Justice Center’s partners group.

Sources and Resources:

  1. Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making
  2. Supported Decision Making Resources
  3. CESDM Guide to Supported Decision Making in Minnesota: A Resource Guide for Families and Other Professionals
  4. Guardianship and Older Adults
  5. Introduction and Guide to Supported Decision Making in Minnesota Jonathan Martinis / MN DHS videos
  6. QT Supportive Decision Making Graphic