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The New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) is an independent, New York State government agency charged with improving the quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities and protecting their rights by:
- promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life;
- ensuring programmatic and fiscal accountability in the State's mental hygiene system;
- providing individual and systemic investigative and advocacy services;
- advancing the availability and use of assistive technology for persons with disabilities; and,
- offering impartial and informed advice, training and recommendations on disability issues.
The Surrogate Decision-Making Committee Program (SDMC), an innovative program authorized by NYS Mental Hygiene Law, Article 80, and administered by the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is an alternative to the courts to provide consent or to refuse major medical treatment for persons with mental disabilities who are unable to provide their own informed consent and have no family or guardian to provide or withhold surrogate consent on their behalf. The SDMC offers timely, quality and individualized decision making and keeps all interested parties involved while putting the needs of the patient first.