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Elder Law Section Meeting (SEL171114)
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When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Where: The Graduate Club
155 Elm Street
New Haven, Connecticut  06510
United States
Contact: Member Service Center

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Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST00:  An Overview

Presented by the Elder Law Section

CLE Credits:
*CT: 1.0 CLE Credits
NY: 0.0 CLE Credits

Program Description:  MOLST in an acronym that stands for Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. It is an actionable and portable medical order for individuals at the end stage of a life limiting illness or who are in a condition of advanced progressive frailty that that relays instructions between health professionals about an individual’s values, preferences and right to accept or refuse certain life-sustaining medical interventions as they near the end of life.

This presentation will:

  • Define MOLST & historical development in United States
  • Define CT MOLST goals & aims
  • Identify those patients for whom a discussion about MOLST is most appropriate
  • List those categories of practitioners who are able to complete a MOLST
  • Describe process for completing MOLST
  • Differentiate between MOLST & Living Will
  • Identify specific considerations for those with racial, ethnic, linguistic, & cultural differences as well as those with disabilities

Suzanne Blancaflor, MPH, MS Chief, Environmental Health Section CT MOLST Director CT Department of Pub

Hon. Judge John J. McGrath, Jr., Judge of Probate, Windham-Colchester district

Suzanne Blancaflor, MPH, MS is Chief of the Environmental Health Section at the CT Department of Public Health and the Director of the CT MOLST Initiative. She is also adjunct faculty at two CT State Universities, a capstone mentor at the Frank Netter School Medicine and a past president of the CT Coalition to Improve End of Life Care. Suzanne's personal experience and coursework in thanatology lead to her interest in end of life issues. Her capstone project for her MPH was the development of a communication guide for physicians to use in end of life discussions with patients and families. Ms. Blancaflor is a past recipient of the Governor's Service Award, the Eta Sigma Gamma Honorary for Excellence in Health Education and Health Services, and the Public Service Award for her work in advancing excellence in end of life care. She is a member of the CT Coalition to Improve End of Life Care, Care Decisions CT, a CT Hospital Association workgroup, and the MOLST Advisory/ Coalition.

John J. McGrath, Jr. is currently the Judge of Probate for the new Windham-Colchester district. He is putting many years of experience with children, families and people with special needs to work, in order to best serve the people of the new district. He also maintains a private practice, focusing on real estate, small business, landlord tenant, and many other legal matters. His Probate office in the Windham Town Hall is across the street from McGrath & McGrath, allowing him to spend time at both offices in any given day, as well as the hearings he holds in any number of locations from Windham Community Memorial Hospital to town halls in Colchester and other towns in our district. John is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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*CBA Members:  To receive credit, sign the attendance verification form at the meeting, and your credits will be automatically logged to your Professional Development Journal. If you do not attend the full program, do not sign the form. For partial credit, you will need to enter your time by the tenth of an hour into your Professional Development Journal.  



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