The Palliative Care Education and Training Act was enacted in 2007.
Initiated by Compassion & Choices to improve palliative care and pain management, it is the first bill of its kind in the nation. The legislation addresses, in a number of meaningful ways, the urgent public health care crisis of the undertreatment of pain. In summary, the legislation:
- Establishes a statewide advisory council on palliative care and pain management;
- Create undergraduate and graduate palliative care training programs;
- Establish Department of Health-designated Centers for Palliative Care Excellence; and
- Authorize the Department of Health to certify one or more palliative care resource centers to assist physicians in the treatment of patients in pain.
Up to $4.5 million is authorized annually for the training programs.