CLE | Surrogate Decision-Making Volunteer Training

WHEN: Thursday, February 28, 2019 | TIME: 1 to 4 p.m. | LOCATION: CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse | MCLE: 3.0 (Professional Practice) | COST: $60 Member, $90 Non-Member, $30 Paralegal, FREE to Lifetime/Agency/Student. Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. A copy of the OCBA Tuition Waiver may be reviewed here.

The Surrogate Decision-Making Committee (SDMC) is part of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. This 3.0 MCLE seminar will cover the following:

  • The SDMC program is authorized to provide consent for non-emergency major medical treatment and end-of-life decisions on behalf of qualifying individuals.
  • The SDMC relies on volunteers appointed by the Justice Center who have completed a training program, such as this CLE. Volunteers review requests for treatment and render a determination at quasi-judicial hearings.
  • SDMC volunteers are indemnified by NYS and reimbursed for hearing-related travel expenses.
  • SDMC panels provide a quicker, more easily accessible, cost-free, and personalized decision on behalf of individuals with disabilities. It is the only program of its kind in the nation.

Immediately following the CLE presentation, if you have an interest in volunteering, you will be asked to sign an oath and complete a volunteer application. Subsequently, you will receive a letter from the Justice Center Executive Director certifying your volunteer status (renewable every two years).

Presented in conjunction with:

Deirdre Keating, Esq., Director, Criminal Background Check Unit, NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Deirdre served as a Senior Attorney with the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services with a primary focus on access to criminal history information issues. After graduation from Albany Law School and working in private practice, she joined the Counsel’s Office of the NYS Department of Correctional Services and worked in the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Unit. She has also served as the Town Prosecuting Attorney for Ravena, NY and the Planning and Zoning Attorney for Renssealerville, NY.

Laura Monthie, BS, RN, LSCW-R, Acting Director, Surrogate-Decision Making Committee Program, NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Laura worked with individuals with disabilities for more than 20 years as a nurse and licensed clinical social worker. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Albany, Albany, NY and received her nursing training from both Maria College, in Albany, and the SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica.


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