The decision to seek out guardianship should be considered carefully. Many people, with appropriate and individualized support, are capable of making informed decisions and preferred choices, thus mitigating the need for wide sweeping guardianship. The laws governing guardianship in Indiana are found in Indiana Code (IC) 29-3, and the statutes controlling how to terminate a court appointed guardianship are in IC 29-3-12. Supported Decision Making as an alternative to guardianship will require changes to the Indiana codes. The benefits are well worth the efforts required in enabling statutory change. According to the same Arc report, “Supported Decision Making can ease court congestion, allow for families to tailor the program to their needs, and potentially restore rights to thousands of Hoosiers to determine their own lives. Here lies the best of all opportunities, low risk, low cost and significant legislation to improve people’s lives”.
More information can be found at:
National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making, http://www.supporteddecisionmaking.org/
The Jenny Hatch Justice Project, http://www.jennyhatchjusticeproject.org/
Quality Trust, https://www.dcqualitytrust.org/advocates/monitoring/
Arc of Indiana, http://www.arcind.org/future-planning/guardianship/
IN Disability Rights, https://in.gov/idr/files/Guardianship%20Fact%20Sheet%20IDR%2024JAN17.pdf