Let’s Review Some Vocabulary

Supported Decision-Making Agreement
A supported decision-making agreement is an agreement through which a person, who can make his or her own life decisions but needs help doing so, names a person to help make decisions.

A supporter is a person named in a supported decision-making agreement to help make decisions. A supporter has authority to take certain actions (for example, obtain medical or financial records) as necessary to help make informed decisions and to communicate those decisions to others as appropriate.

Confidential Relationship
A confidential relationship arises when one person places a high level of trust and confidence in another. A supporter has a confidential relationship with the person who appointed him or her. Thus, the supporter has a responsibility to live up to that trust by exercising his or her authority only for that person’s benefit and by keeping all personal information private.

Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest occurs when a decision puts what is best for one person ahead of what is best for the other person. A supporter must avoid conflicts of interest by helping make decisions that are best for the person who appointed him or her, regardless of what might be good for the supporter or others.