Destigmatizing Mental Health Advance Directives
Thursday, February 28, 2019| 12 PM to 1 PM
Nicky Lewis, LSMW
Advance Care Planning Coordinator
Mercy Health Saint Mary's
The ability to participate in medical decision-making is essential to the provision of person-centered care. In Michigan, the right to appoint a surrogate decision-maker through the creation of a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare is established by the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC). Most Advance Care Planning (ACP) providers are familiar with the provisions pertaining to healthcare decision-making, but many are far less comfortable with those relating Mental Health (MH). This discomfort often leads to MH decisions being completely left out of the ACP conversation. Treating the whole person requires understanding that attending to the psychiatric needs of the patient are just as important as attending to their physical needs.
This presentation will review the statutory provisions in EPIC related to MH surrogate decision-making, summarize the MH treatment options typically addressed and present a tool to facilitate understanding and completion of advance directives for MH.
To register contact:
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