NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Kerry A. Delaney, Acting Commissioner

VC Surrogate Decision Making (P1153V)

Hours: 5

Video Conference


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    SDMC- Part 1: Informed Consent for Non-Emergency Major Medical Treatment

    Course Description
    The Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) Program is an innovative authorized by New York State as a timelier, person centered alternative to the court system to obtain informed consent for non-emergency major medical treatment. SDMC serves mentally disabled person in facilities or programs licensed operated or funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities or the office of Mental Health who do not have capacity to make informed decisions regarding major medical treatment and do not have a legally authorized surrogate top act on their behalf. SDMC functions using specially trained volunteer panel members who review declarations regarding a person’s capacity and need for treatment, than render a decision following a hearing, a decision by the panel is rendered on average within 14 days from the time a case is received by SDMC.

    The 3 hour program highlights the benefits of utilizing the SDMC and provides an overview of the SDMC and Program. The course includes instruction completion of the SDMC application, guidance on how to present a case to the SDMC Panel and what to expect during the hearing. Also featured is information about what to do after a hearing if there are follow-up issues.

    Objectives:
  • Comprehend the background and history of the SDMC Program
  • Identify who can provide consent on behalf of a patient
  • Identify who serves on the panels
  • Define the determinations the panels must make
  • Identify who qualifies for consideration by the SDMC
  • Indentify the types of major medical treatments that can be considered by the SDMC, as well as those
    treatments that are excluded.


    SDMC-Part 2: Withdrawal or Withholding of Life Sustaining Medical Treatment

    Course Description
    Article 17-A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, also known as the Health Care ACT(HCDA) was amended to allow the Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) Program as a means to obtain informed consent for the withdrawal or withholding of life sustaining treatment (LST). SDMC serves mentally disabled persons in facilities or programs licensed operated or funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities who do not have capacity to make informed treatment decisions and do not have a legally authorized surrogate to act on their behalf. SDMC functions using trained volunteer panel members who review declarations regarding a person’s capacity and appropriateness of the treatment decision, then render a determination following a hearing.

    The 2 hour program includes instruction on how to complete the SDMC application, guidance on how to present a case to the SDMC Panel and what to expect during the hearing.

    Objectives:
  • Comprehend the history and legal background
  • Identify who can make the treatment decision on behalf of a patient
  • Identify who serves on the panels
  • Recognize the new terms and definitions
  • Recognize the standards that must be applied
  • Recognize the provisions and protections that are defined in the law
  • Define the determinations must be made
  • Organize and file a declaration for the withdrawal or withholding of life sustaining treatment on behalf of
    a person with mental disabilities
  • Demonstrate skills on how to prepare and present a case at a hearing
  • Organize and file a declaration on behalf of a person with mental disabilities
  • Demonstrates skills on how to prepare and present a case at a hearing
  • Identify SDMC’s expanded and continuing jurisdiction

    Please note; Additional on-site trainings can be arranged of the schedule dates are not convenient for your agency or department by contacting Patrice Chesterfield at 518-388-0577 or e-mail at pat.chesterfield@cqc.ny.gov


Course Materials

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