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Oregon Senate Bill 1606

An informative webinar on new law and the obligations for providers serving patients with disabilities

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

12 –1:15 p.m. PDT

Did you know that people with disabilities experience greater health disparities than people without disabilities? Senate Bill 1606 was passed on June 26, 2020, and ensures that patients with disabilities can receive treatment that is not conditioned on having a POLST, Advance Directive, or similar instruction related to the administration of withholding or withdrawing of life sustaining procedures or artificially administered nutrition and hydration. Patient with disabilities are also allowed to designate at least three support persons and have one present while they are hospitalized and for discussion and healthcare decision making. Join us for an informative webinar that will provide information you need to know about SB 1606 and the implications for providing care to people with disabilities.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Health care providers will gain knowledge about the legislation SB 1606 from an ethical perspective, legal perspective, and what it means for Oregonians with disabilities.
  • Health care providers will identify the key ways to implement SB 1606 within the practice context.
  • Health care providers will gain knowledge about best practices and providing reasonable accommodations while caring for patients with disabilities.


The School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you have any accommodation needs to attend this webinar, please contact us at stapleta@ohsu.edu by Thursday, October 22nd.

This webinar will be recorded and available to view on this website.

This webinar is brought to you by the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in the Institute on Development and Disability at OHSU.

Presenter bios

Bob Macauley, M.D.

Bob Macauley

Bob Macauley is the Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care at OHSU. He directs the Bridges Pediatric Palliative Care Team, and previously worked for over a decade as Medical Director of Clinical Ethics at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He is the author of Ethics in Palliative Care: A Complete Guide (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Heidi Funke, M.N., M.A., RN, CMSRN

Heidi Funke

Heidi Funke is a registered nurse and full-time faculty at the OHSU School of Nursing. She serves on the OHSU Ethics Consult Service and Institutional Ethics Committee, and is an Associate Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Healthcare.

Leslie Sutton, J.D.

Leslie Sutton

Leslie Sutton believes that Oregon is strongest when all people have opportunities to succeed. As the Policy Director for the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Leslie Sutton strives to protect and strengthen programs that allow people to live full, healthy and productive lives as members of their communities. Prior to this, she handled Medicaid and other human services cases as an attorney at nonprofit legal services providers in Oregon and Washington.

Gabrielle Guedon

Gabrielle Guedon

Gabrielle is the Executive Director of the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC) and a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities in her local community and around the state. Through her work with OSAC, Gabby has presented at various conferences, classrooms and organizations about the importance of employment and self-advocacy. She is a member of the Oregon Home Health Commission and the DD Vision Committee. Prior to her time with OSAC, Gabby worked at Community Vision, Inc. as an Employment Outreach Specialist and with OSAC as a paid peer mentor for employment.

Emily Cooper, J.D.

Emily Cooper

Emily is the Legal Director at Disability Rights Oregon where she leads a team of attorneys and advocates who work to uphold the rights of Oregonians with disabilities. In addition to working on class-action litigation, Emily monitored facilities that serve people with disabilities, investigated abuse and neglect, and testified in front of the legislature. Emily was also an Adjunct Law Professor at Seattle University School of Law from 2014 to 2017, served on the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) of Washington’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017, and served as the Director of Advocacy for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (“WADA”) from 2013 to 2016. Emily served as a Senior Attorney at Disability Rights Washington since 2006. Emily graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003.

Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.S.W., LCSW

Rhonda Eppelsheimer

Rhonda Eppelsheimer is the co-Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability (UCEDD) at the OHSU Institute on Development & Disability. Her work is focused on adolescent health transition and mental health, and civil rights and human dignity in healthcare for people with disabilities.