Supported Decision-Making (SDM) in Health Care Settings
Tuesday, March 12 | 12:00 – 1:00PM
Presented by Michael Kendrick and Anna Krieger, The Center for Public Representation
As supported decision-making becomes more widespread, there is a better understanding of the many ways it can benefit people with disabilities, vulnerable elders, and others. Health care is one of the most challenging areas of decision making for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Using supported decision-making in a health care setting potentially raises its own array of complex ethical, legal and support issues. The options that arise in a health care setting can often be challenging to understand, assess, and resolve. As a result, having effective support in making decisions can lead to better outcomes for people with disabilities. This webinar will provide a brief overview of supported decision-making is and how it works. It will cover supported decision-making in health care contexts including potential benefits and challenges of using the model in health care settings, legal issues related to health care proxies and other instruments, concerns raised by medical professionals and how to effectively facilitate and strengthen supported decision-making in health care settings.
- Michael J. Kendrick PhD, Director of Supported Decision-Making Initiatives at the Center for Public Representation, coordinates the various supported decision-making initiatives of the Center including five supported decision pilots in Massachusetts and one in Georgia. Additionally, he is involved in many public presentations and consultations concerning supported decision making. Contact Michael.
- Anna Krieger came to the Center in 2015 from Disability Rights California, where she was a Civil Rights Litigation Fellow and worked on statewide mental health and discrimination cases. Previously, she was a Senior Patients’ Rights Attorney at the Mental Health Advocacy Project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, representing thousands of individuals who were involuntarily detained in psychiatric hospitals. Ms. Krieger also served on the board of the California Association of Mental Health Patients’ Rights Advocates. Before becoming an attorney, she worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and as an Emerson Fellow for the Congressional Hunger Center, where she worked as a community organizer in Montana. Ms. Krieger is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).