Resources for reaching out to people suffering from serious mental illness...
Compassion is most important and as long as one's in good hands it doesn't matter if
it is family. It can be anyone as long as love leads.
... Carrie Phipps
The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Metro Suburban Area|
has established an innovative mental health-hospice and palliative care partnership to integrate end-of-life care planning into the mental health planning process.
On this Web site, this innovative program shares resources it has developed to:
- Elicit information about care preferences among patients with serious mental illness
- Assess capacity to select a health care proxy
- Assess educational needs of hospice and palliative care clinicians who care for persons with mental illness
- Teach mental health clinicians about hospice and palliative care
- Offer mental health administrators and clinicians policies and guidelines to support excellence in end-of-life care for their patients
About the Project
End-of-Life and Mental Health Resources
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. End-of-Life Care for Persons with Serious Mental Illness is a multi-faceted project supported by a grant from Promoting Excellence In End-of-Life Care, A National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Visit the main Web site at www.promotingexcellence.org/mentalillness/