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PRESS RELEASE: GOVERNOR HOLCOMB SIGNS LANDMARK LEGISLATION SUPPORTING THE INDEPENDENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, April 24, Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation recognizing Supported Decision-Making Agreements as a valid way for someone to demonstrate decision-making capacity in Indiana and requires Less Restrictive Alternatives (LRAs), including Supported Decision-Making to be considered before a court will appoint a guardian.
"I was pleased to author Senate Bill 380, which puts Indiana at the forefront of state policy that supports the independence of those with disabilities," said Senator Eric Koch (R- Bedford), author of the legislation. "No longer will guardianships be the only alternative. Our courts will now have more options to ensure that only the least restrictive option is used in situations where our fellow Hoosiers need some extra help. Thank you to Indiana Disability Rights, The Arc of Indiana, and Self-Advocates of Indiana for your help in passing this legislation."
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, representatives from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program will visit Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) for the State of Indiana. SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send written comments about the PAIMI Program services and activities conducted by IDR.
Please send your comments to SAMHSA/CMHS by:
E-mail: PAIMI@samhsa.hhs.gov, or
Mail: ATTENTION: SAMHSA/CMHS, DSCSD
5600 Fishers Lane, 14E17B
Rockville, Maryland 20857.
COMMENTS ARE DUE FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019
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