Conservatorship & Guardianship

The Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support is a NEW RESOURCE that can help you learn about decision-making options for people with disabilities – all in one place!  You’ll find easy-to-understand information about supported decision-making, power-of-attorney, conservatorship, ABLE accounts, special needs trusts, and more. 

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  • The TN Center for Decision-Making Support - a bilingual introduction to the TN Center for Decision-Making Support.
  • Conservatorship Handbook – Handbook developed by The Arc Tennessee to give an overview of the process of setting up a Conservatorship.
  • Supported Decision-Making (SDM) - The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities has created a clearinghouse of information on SDM and Tennessee. 
  • Dignity of Risk: Video - The Council on Quality and Leadership's video about the basic human right to make your own decisions, to take risks, to live a life you choose.
  • Your Services Should Be All About You: Video - The Council on Quality and Leadership's video about how services for people with disabilities should be person centered. 
  • Presuming Competence: Video - This video from The Council on Quality and Leadership discusses presuming competence of people with disabilities, which competence means believing people are capable and that they do understand you even if they don’t outwardly show you that they do. 

Helpful Links


Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free legal advocacy services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities.

Middle Tennessee (Admin Office)

2 International Plaza, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37217

Phone: 615-298-1080
Fax: 615-298-2046

East Tennessee

9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 101-B
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865-670-2944
Fax: 865-470-7028

West Tennessee

1407 Union Avenue, Suite 1015
Memphis, TN 38104

Phone: 901-458-6013
Fax: 901-249-2933