End of Life Choices California

Supporting Californians through End of Life Choices

aka EOLCCA   |   Solana Beach, CA   |  https://endoflifechoicesca.org/

Mission

End of Life Choices California provides information and personal support regarding California’s End of Life Option Act and all other legal end-of-life options to the medical community, hospices, and to the public. EOLCCA trains Client Advocate Volunteers who serve as advocates for individuals who are seriously or terminally ill, or help those seeking guidance on preparing an Advance Health Directive, or how to talk with their family or physicians about their end of life wishes. Our non-judgemental volunteers give their time free-of-charge to people who are facing end-of-life planning and decision-making. Our goal is to help facilitate choices that reflect the wishes and values of the person and then to support their choice.

Ruling year info

2019

President of the Board

Judy Neall Epstein,ND

Main address

153 S Sierra Ave #30

Solana Beach, CA 92075 USA

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EIN

83-3560210

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Health Support Services (E60)

Patients' Rights (R27)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Individual/Family Support Program

End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) was founded by a group of four individuals out of an abiding belief that all Californians diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness should have factual information about and access to all legal options concerning their end of life wishes. We were concerned that too many Californians, their families, and loved ones facing end-of-life decisions, remain uninformed about end-of-life choices, or how to access medical aid in dying, now legal in California, thanks to the passage of the End of Life Option Act in 2015.


Our goal is to provide factual information and personal support.

EOLCCA's Founders came to believe that Californians would benefit from a statewide community network of Client Advocate Volunteers to ensure that everyone can obtain the information and support they need to make the choice for a death consistent with their beliefs and values.

EOLCCA was organized and is currently run by volunteers.

Through the Individual/Family Support Program: EOLCCA's Client Advocate Volunteers receive thorough training and are able to provide the following services:

1.Thoroughly explain all the different options for dying well and how to achieve them; including stopping life-preserving medical treatments, seeking palliative care, entering hospice, voluntary stopping eating and drinking with the support of hospice, palliative sedation, and medical aid in dying.
2.Help people navigate through their dying process, from beginning to end. Sometimes this takes days, sometimes weeks or months: sometimes 1-2 meetings, sometimes many more.
3. Advocacy and support for clients whose wishes are not being met or who are not getting adequate pain or symptom management.
4. Meet with families to help facilitate discussions about the patient’s end-of-life wishes.
5. Provide information and support to family members regarding the process of their loved one’s dying, what to expect and how they can best provide compassionate and helpful support.
6. Provide support and reassurance to the client (and family) as he/she navigates through the process of requesting medical aid in dying from their physician, or if needed, helping them find a physician who participates in medical aid in dying if their physician will not so they can effectively advocate for themselves.
7.We are willing to advocate for them if necessary, such as helping to facilitate a conversation with physicians or hospice to help clients get needed services or adequate pain control.
8.We are able to bring an experienced, calm, peaceful and reassuring presence on the day of planned death, to help review instructions and provide moral support and comfort to both the client and family.
9.Assist in completing or understanding how to utilize advance directives.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Seniors

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Assist and support all Californians interested in achieving a peaceful death. In 2021, we intend to create a fund-raising plan, hire an executive director, and build volunteer teams in geographic areas where the most impact can be made.

Develop fund-raising plan.
Hire experienced staff.
Create and train volunteer teams in specific geographic locations.

Financials

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End of Life Choices California

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2021
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Board chair

Judy Neall Epstein

Claudia Comins

End of Life Choices California

Lynne Calkins, BA, CRNP

End of Life Choices California

Robert Brody, MD

UCSF

June Collins

retired

Stephen Poses,MD

private practice

Eric Rose

MBA

Fran Johns

writer/author

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.