Surrogate Decision-making Program

The Surrogate Decision-making Program (SDMP) is a legislatively mandated process authorizing actively involved family members known as Surrogate Decision Makers (SDMs) and Surrogate Consent Committees (SCCs) comprised of trained volunteers to provide written informed consent for individuals receiving community-based ICF/IID services who have been assessed to lack the capacity to make certain treatment decisions for themselves and have no legal guardian

The following treatment decisions are authorized under the SDMP:

  1. Major medical treatment;
  2. Major dental treatment;
  3. Administration of psychoactive medication;
  4. Use of a highly restrictive behavior procedure;
  5. Release of records and other information relevant to the treatment or condition necessary to facilitate the process of obtaining consent for treatment; and
  6. Consent decisions which the interdisciplinary team (IDT) agrees involve risk to individual protection and rights which are not specially reserved to a SDM or SCC.

The following treatment decisions are excluded under the SDMP:

  • Abortion
  • Sterilization
  • Experimental research
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Funds management

Volunteer Training in Austin

Training for new volunteers for the Surrogate Decision-making Program will be held in conjunction with the 2017 ICF/IID Provider/Surveyor Conference in Austin.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the SDMP, you will need to attend one of the trainings below:

Oct. 18, 2017
1-5 p.m.

Oct. 19, 2017

Both trainings will be held at the JJ Pickle Center (Research Campus), 10100 Burnet Road (between U.S. 183 and Braker Lane), Austin, Texas

If you have any questions about the training or location call Dennis M. Tomlinson at 512-438-4275.