CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Supported Decision-Making: An Emerging Model

As an alternative to more restrictive forms of decision-making authority, Supported Decision Making (SDM), an emerging model, provides people with disabilities and older adults a manner to make their own decisions. In this free webinar, we will discuss why SDM is important to organizations and to people we support. We'll highlight how implementing SDM practices applies to enhancing CQL's Basic Assurances® and Personal Outcome Measures®. Participants will be introduced to methods to achieve SDM and will be provided various resources. 

Morgan K. Whitlatch, Legal Director at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, will be co-presenting in this webinar with CQL's Anne Buechner. Along with nearly 15 years of experience in the disability law field, Morgan notably co-represented Jenny Hatch in fighting for her right to engage in Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to permanent plenary guardianship.




You Will Learn About:

  • Overview of Supported Decision Making (SDM)
  • Importance of SDM to agencies and people supported
  • Connection to CQL tools
  • Methods for embracing SDM practices
  • Resources for implementing SDM practices




Webinar Presenters


Morgan Whitlatch | Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Morgan K. Whitlatch is the Legal Director at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, a non-profit advocacy organization that has been advancing the interests of people with developmental disabilities since 2001. She is also the Lead Project Director of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making.  She has 15 years of experience in the disability law field and dedicated her legal career to working with and on behalf of people with disabilities.

Prior to coming to QT in 2009, Morgan was an attorney at the RI Disability Law Center, a federally mandated agency dedicated to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. She also has DC law firm experience, as a former attorney of Bracewell & Guilliani LLP. Morgan has provided legal advocacy on a wide range of issues, including civil and human rights, capacity and alternatives to guardianship, access to integrated services, and public benefits. She has extensive experience in advancing systemic policy and training initiatives, including the Jenny Hatch Justice Project, a multi-faceted resource center dedicated to advancing people with disabilities’ right to make their own choices and determine their own path in life. Notably, Morgan co-represented the JHJP namesake in fighting for her right to engage in Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to permanent plenary guardianship.

She directs QT’s legal internship and fellowship programs, serves as a fieldwork supervisor for students in a Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) practicum course, and has worked with the GULC Community Justice Project. Morgan graduated with honors from GULC, and with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wesleyan University.  While in law school, she worked on disability-related policy and legislative issues by interning with US Senator Tom Harkin’s Counsel on Disability Policy and participating in the Federal Legislation Clinic, led by Chai Feldblum, who is now a US EEOC Commissioner. Morgan is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association.


Anne Buechner | CQL

Anne Buechner is a Quality Enhancement Specialist for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. In this role, Anne consults, provides training, facilitates workshops, and leads accreditation activities offered by CQL.

Anne has experience within CQL and in private and state agencies supporting people in the human service arena to have better lives. Anne works to maintain the vision of CQL through her collaboration with partners and through her public presence. In the 2000’s Anne worked with CQL as a Project Lead in Florida and Alabama. Her focus remains enhancing personal quality of life for people while strengthening partnerships to create responsive and accountable systems of support.

Anne brings 25 years of well-rounded experience to CQL with strong project management, data, quality assurance and training skills. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ripon College, WI and a Masters of Arts degree in International Human Rights from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna from Pisa, Italy. She cherishes time with her family and enjoys time spent in her developing home and community in Costa Rica.



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