End of Life Option Act goes into effect on June 9, 2016

The 2015/2016 special legislative session officially closed yesterday (March 10), starting the 90-day clock for implementation of bills passed during the special session. As a result, we now know that California’s End of Life Option Act (ABx2 15) will go into effect on June 9, 2016. To help answer the many questions patients and healthcare […]


Remembering Donald Roberts: Shared decision-making for the developmentally disabled

Even though I’ve viewed it numerous times, every time I watch Remembering Donald Roberts I am deeply moved. I don’t know much about Donald’s early years, but I know that when he was 19, Donald was institutionalized intermittently for “suicidal thoughts” at Stockton State Hospital. Donald’s art served as a way of expressing the pain […]


Join California’s advance care planning community

At our recent POLST training in San Diego, a participant compared the process of advance care planning to a juggling act! I agree. Advance Care Planning is not a “one and done” process… It is an ongoing conversation between a person, their loved ones and a healthcare provider as life milestones and health conditions change over […]


Learn how to “make the case” for palliative care in your organization

Join us on March 17 as we learn how to make the case for palliative care, with Kathleen Kerr.  “Making the case” is a chore many clinical and administrative leaders need to undertake if they want to create, sustain or expand a palliative care service. Stakeholders who would be expected to support or refer to a […]


Scholarships available to e-patients for palliative care Summit

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is inviting e-Patients to apply for a scholarship to their 8th Annual Summit in Newport Beach, California, on May 12-13, 2016. THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED. The e-Patient scholarship program is funded by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, and will cover the full Summit registration fee. […]


CCCC recognized by State of California as innovator in advance care planning

Innovative, health system-based model for advance care planning implemented in select departments at UCLA Health SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Public Health recognizes the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and UCLA Health for an innovative advance care planning program. The program was among 23 selected from throughout the state as advancing the […]


20 tips for writing a compelling palliative care program proposal

Like this blog post? Check out the webinar with Kathleen Kerr on March 17.  “Making the case” is a chore many clinical and administrative leaders need to undertake if they want to create, sustain or expand a palliative care service. Gathering evidence and information to address all three of those topics can be time consuming. Here […]


Our Top 5 blog posts in 2015

2015 was a big year for palliative care, advance care planning and POLST in California and around the country. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s most read blogs from 2015 focus on the goals of palliative care and actions being taken to ensure people get the care that they need and no less, and the […]