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Question I am an attorney, medical professional, family member or advocate for persons with mental disabilities. How can I offer volunteer services in a New York State program for people with disabilities?

Answer The Surrogate Decision-Making Committees (SDMC) provide an alternative approach to the court system for obtaining an informed decision about major medical treatment for mentally disabled individuals in residential facilities and programs operated, licensed, or funded by an office of the Department of Mental Hygiene. The SDMC consists of volunteers appointed and trained by the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, and these volunteers exercise SDMC functions through panels of four.

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Serving as a volunteer on a panel assisting with surrogate consent

Information about volunteering for a state program pertaining to surrogate consent for individuals with mental disabilities.
URL: http://www.cqc.ny.gov/sdmc/sdmcforms/sdmcvol.htm

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