Understanding Legalities: Behavioral Health and Substance Use Patient Care in the Emergency Department

Ames, IA US
February 6, 2019

Mary Greeley Medical Center Grand Rounds is a multi-disciplinary clinical activity which serves to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.  

Target Audience

Physicians, Advance Practice Professionals, and Nurses.


The issue of compliance, consent, and involuntary holds/committal has changed considerably over the last 24 months and continues to evolve. This activity is intended to provide updated information to increase understanding of legal obligations and improve patient actions. 

Learning Objectives

  • Assess legal issues relating to presentation in the emergency department by patients who are not competent.
  • Assess communication strategies with law enforcement and judicial representatives to improve patient outcomes.
  • Delineate between hours of committal to assess clinical and legal reporting needs.


Jo Ellen Whitney, JD
Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines, IA


  • Graduate School, Duke University School of Law
  • Undergraduate School, Duke University

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  • Dr. Whitney has disclosed that the commercial entities with which she has financial relationships do not produce health care goods or services relevant to the content she is planning, developing, or presenting for this activity. 

CME Committee

  • No member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center CME Committee who planned this activity has any financial relationship to disclose relating to the content. 

This program is supported by gifts to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation from Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, First American Bank, and Green Hills Health Care Center. The content and selection of speaker(s) is the responsibility of the Mary Greeley Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education Committee and not the sponsors of this program.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    02/06/2019 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    02/06/2019 - 1:00pm CST
    Mary Greeley Medical Center
    Atrium A
    1111 Duff Avenue
    Ames, IA 50010
    United States

    Continuing Education Credit

    DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.


    No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A


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