End of Life Choices California
supports you and your family when
what really matters is having the power
to choose your own best outcome.
Californians have improved end-of-life options since 2015.
The End of Life Option Act is a California law that permits terminally ill adult patients with capacity to make medical decisions to be prescribed an aid-in-dying medication if certain conditions are met. Signed into law by Governor Brown in October 2015, the law went into effect on June 9, 2016. California was the fifth state to enact an aid-in-dying law. ABOUT THE LAW
News & Updates
We applaud and need more doctors like New Jersey physician, Jessica Israel, MD to share the thoughtful journey that led them to participate in medical aid in dying (MAID) for their patients. In California and all the other states that have MAID, as well as in states that don’t yet have this legal option available but are working diligently to get similar laws passed, we need more Dr. Israels to be open about fully supporting the wishes of their dying patients.
It is our hope that the first ever National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying, taking place on February 14-15 in Berkeley, CA, will provide guidance and support to those medical practitioners wishing to learn more about how to help their dying patients achieve a ”good death”.
EOLCCA has made great progress in learning about and communicating with physicians in private practice – and with hospices – in California who support MAID. These medical providers have been prescribing medical aid in dying and are accepting our client referrals for help finding a physician who will prescribe MAID. We hope that following the conference many more physicians and hospices will partner with us and our clients to adequately explore all their end-of-life options.
Read Dr. Israel’s story: “A day like no other: The first time I helped one of my patients die”
The barriers to using medical aid in dying remain so high that in one state, pharmacists are fighting back and helping terminally-ill individuals find physicians willing to help. We know this because of a recent Kaiser Health News story by JoNel Aleccia. Aleccia is...
This weekend, EOLCCA hosted our third Client Advocate Volunteer training in California. It was a great day and we have some amazing new volunteers in our EOLCCA family. Part of the training included sharing (anonymously) client stories with the trainees, and what...
Client Advocate Volunteer Program
End of Life Choices California has developed Client Advocate Volunteers to serve as advocates for Californians who are seriously or terminally ill. These volunteers provide general and specific information along with personal support to people who are facing end of life planning and decision making.
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Your early contribution will immediately enable EOLCCA to widely publicize our services. We can then provide timely support to individuals from all walks of life who currently face a chronic or terminal diagnosis and seek to understand what end of life options are available to them.
End of Life Choices California
78-365 Highway 111 #132
La Quinta, CA 92253