California End of Life Options with Dennis Pocekay, M.D.

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Health & Wellness

Age Group:

Adult , Senior
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Program Description


The California End of Life Option Act allows a terminally ill California resident to request a drug from a physician that will end the patient’s life. People who follow the steps of the law will not be considered to have committed suicide, and physicians who prescribe the aid-in-dying drug will not be subject to legal liability or  professional sanction. This presentation will review the eligibility, procedure, and documentation requirements of the law.

Petaluma City Councilperson Dennis Pocekay, MD, is the former Chief of Occupational Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and is an active volunteer in programs related to the social determinants of health. He became interested in the End Of Life Option Act and entered politics to make a difference. He was elected to the Petaluma City Council in 2020, taking office in January 2021 and quickly realized that the Petaluma Climate Action initiative needed a boost. He was instrumental in securing the $1M grant that has set us on the path toward our climate action goals and now serves on the Steering Committee for the Cool Block Program. Currently, he is the main liaison with the Sonoma Country Continuum of Care for Petaluma’s
homeless population.

Registration is required.  
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