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Supported Decision-Making: Informal and Formal

A system of support for an individual in various areas of their life, and/or A written plan identifies individuals to assist in key areas of life, such as financial, health/medical, and daily living.

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Foster Care 18-21

Continued supportive and financial services for young adults aging out of foster care at age 18.

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Simple Financial Tools

An account that allows another person to help pay bills and manage money. Check with your financial institution.

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ABLE Account

A tax-advantaged savings account for disability expenses.

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Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits

Provides financial management of Social Security benefits.

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Fiduciary for Veteran’s Benefits

Provides financial management of VA pension benefits.

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Living Trust

A legal arrangement for an individual who is having difficulty managing property or assets themselves.

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Special Needs Trust

A legal arrangement that allows an individual who has a disability to preserve assets while maintaining eligibility for government benefits.

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Power of Attorney (Durable/General)

A legal document giving someone the right to conduct financial business on behalf of someone else without a court order.

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Health Care Power of Attorney

A legal document giving someone the right to make health care decisions on behalf of someone else.

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Living Will or Advance Directive

A legal document that sets out an individual’s desires for medical care and treatment when they can no longer communicate and are near the end of life.

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Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment

A legal document in which an individual indicates what treatment and care for mental health conditions they want in the event that they are unable to communicate their wishes.

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