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Question How can I obtain timely informed consent for major medical or dental treatment for a person with a mental disability who lives in or receives services from a facility or program licensed, operated, or funded by a state mental hygiene office?

Answer 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 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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Surrogate consent for mentally disabled persons

Questions and answers on surrogate consent for individuals with mental disabilities.
URL: http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/surrogate-decision-making/sdmcdecs

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