Supported Decision-Making & Supported Decision- Making Agreements

Virginia now formally recognizes Supported Decision-Making Agreements as an alternative to more restrictive, substitute decision-making options, such as legal guardianships. Supported Decision-Making Agreements are a way for adults with developmental disabilities living in Virginia to document when they want to receive support with making decisions, how they want to receive support, and who they want to help them. Supported Decision-Making Agreements give individuals with developmental disabilities the ability to receive support with making various choices in their lives, while also retaining all of their rights, including the right to make their own decisions.

For questions regarding Supported Decision-Making and/or Supported Decision-Making Agreements please contact Sara Thompson at Sara.Thompson@dbhds.virginia.gov.


Virginia’s Supported Decision-Making Agreement template and Supplemental Documents


Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements: An Overview Trainings (June 2022)

Below are links to recordings of the trainings offered by DBHDS in June 2022. There are additional links to copies of the PowerPoint slides and a Question & Answer document.


Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements: The Details Trainings (August 2022) *Coming Soon*

Below are links to recordings of the trainings offered by DBHDS in August 2022. There are additional links to copies of the PowerPoint slides and a Question & Answer document.

  • Recording: Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements: The Details Session 1 for Individuals and Families *Coming Soon*
  • Slides: Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements:  The Details Session 1  for Individuals and Families
  • Recording: Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements: The Details Session 2 for Individuals and Families  *Coming Soon*
  • Slides: Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements:  The Details Session 2  for Individuals and Families
  • Recording: Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements: The Details (For General Public)  *Coming Soon*
  • Slides: Supported Decision-Making and Supported Decision-Making Agreements: The Details (For General Public)
  • Questions & Answers from Trainings  *Coming Soon*

Additional On-line Resources for Information on Supported Decision-Making