Prison Hospice Training

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association helps MoDOC implement New Hospice Training Program

On May 15, 2015, the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association in partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections launched a comprehensive hospice training that will positively impact those affected by end of life in the prison population. This first training for offenders, who volunteer their time to care for the terminally ill, was held at the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

This ground breaking training was developed by a small, dedicated group of Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care experts, in coordination with MoDOC staff. The training provides offender volunteers within the prison population with the tools necessary to understand and provide compassionate, comforting care to those at end of life in Missouri prisons.

Course content included the volunteer role in the prison setting, medical, psychosocial and ethical aspects of life-limiting illness and spiritual and cultural needs at the end of life. This seven-hour program is the first prison hospice volunteer training that has been approved by a state corrections department for state-wide implementation. Other prison locations in Missouri are being reviewed as possible training sites. For more information about the program, contact the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Prison

Latest Press Releases

Governor Mike Parsons vetos MO Coroner Bill HB 447

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association has worked for a number of years to pass legislation to allow hospices in Missouri to pronounce without contacting the coroner for a hospice death. The hospice medical director would sign the death certificate and send it to the proper authorities. This law would allow coroners to make calls that are necessary and not be tied up going to patients that are receiving hospice care. During the 2019 State Legislative session, the Missouri House and Missouri Senate overwhelmingly approved House Bill 447. Champions in the House were Rep. Jim Neely (RCameron) and Rep. Dan…

Read More About This Article
Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks

2018 Prison Hospice HFO Grant

Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Receives Grant for Prison Hospice Program Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to announce the organization has received a grant from Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks for its Prison Hospice Program that covers all correctional facilities within the State of Missouri. The grant will run 2018-2019 for the term of one year. The MHPCA Prison Hospice Program held its first Prison Hospice Training in May of 2015. Since that time the program has held sixteen trainings teaching over 300 offenders throughout the Missouri Prison System. Trainers are volunteer…

Read More About This Article