Minnesota DHS commissioner to observe National Healthcare Decisions Day at Mitchell

William Mitchell’s National Healthcare Decisions Day event will include a special guest: Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, who will join attorneys and law students Tuesday, April 16, to provide free assistance to anyone who wants to complete an advance health care directive. Jessen will stop by the Kelley Boardroom at 1 pm; the event runs from 9 am to 7 pm.

It typically takes people less than one hour to complete the form, which allows them to indicate their preferences about special end-of-life treatments and pain management, as well as directions about organ donations and other considerations.

“Planning ahead instead of waiting for a crisis can give individuals and their families’ peace of mind now and choices and control later when major life events occur,” Jesson said. “National Healthcare Decisions Day is the perfect time to review or complete a health care directive and start a conversation with family members about your choices for advanced care. This can also be a good time to talk about how to ‘Own Your Future’ by deciding how and where you want to get long-term care services and how you plan to pay for them.”

The National Healthcare Decisions Day event is co-sponsored by William Mitchell and Hamline University Health Law Institute.