Supported Decision-Making & Guardianship

Ramsey County is committed to enhancing the well-being of all residents in our community. Each of us need the support of others to successfully navigate our lives. For some, their abilities to meet their needs can be challenging without enhanced support from others. Making choices for ourselves is a critical aspect of feeling confident, respected and capable of having a self-driven life.

Guardianship or Conservatorship is a legal arrangement that can be used when supported decision making or less restrictive options have been ineffective in meeting the person’s need for health, safety and well-being. Guardianship is considered the last resort and can be necessary to protect, enhance and advocate for a person with cognitive, physical or mental health barriers.

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