Addressing Legal Liability & Culture Change:

The Courage to Improve Care for Suicide Crises in the ED

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Join Susan Stefan, J.D., for a lively discussion on legal liability and the courage required to improve suicide crisis care. In this conversation, Susan will draw from her extensive legal scholarship and work as an expert witness and consultant to healthcare systems to address the most common concerns healthcare leaders, clinicians, and patient advocates face when implementing change.

Topics Covered

  • The five most important steps health care systems and individual clinicians can take to reduce liability risks when caring for patients at risk for suicide.
  • Documentation essentials for care and disposition decisions.
  • How to improve care for suicidal people: case examples improvements.
  • What suicidal people tell us helps reduce suicidality in healthcare settings.

There will be ample time to have your questions answered in the Q&A portion of the event.

Guest Speaker

Susan Stefan, J.D.

Susan is a nationally known scholar and litigator on behalf of people with psychiatric disabilities. She was a senior staff attorney at the Center for Public Representation in Newton, Massachusetts, where she directed the Center’s Emergency Department Project, focused on improving the treatment of people with mental health issues in emergency departments. She consulted with the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Institute of Medicine, Amnesty International, and the Joint Commission, and has written several books on the legal rights of people with psychiatric disabilities.

For twenty-five years she also litigated federal and state civil rights and anti-discrimination cases across the country on behalf of people with psychiatric disabilities. Prior to working for the Center for Public Representation, Prof. Stefan was a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where she taught disability law and mental health law.

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