Peace of Mind website now taking advance directives

LANSING—Michigan’s Peace of Mind registry website is now live, making Michigan residents the first to have their health care wishes accessible wherever they travel in the United States, said the sponsor of the law creating the registry, Sen. Jim Marleau.

The registry website is Marleau said residents can create an account on the site and submit their advance directives, which are legal documents allowing individuals to specify their patient advocates, religious preferences, and other decisions about their health care ahead of time.

“This safe, secure registry website marks a substantial improvement in the quality of health care for all Michigan residents,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “Most of us will make extremely personal and important decisions about the care we want at the end of our lives.

“Our loved ones and our doctors will now be able to access critical information regarding these care decisions when it is necessary. That is true peace of mind.”

Marleau, who is a member of the Senate Health Policy Committee, authored Public Act 179 of 2012 to create the registry. The registry includes a secure database providing health care providers access via the website to a patient’s advance directives. Before the registry, there was no way for health care providers in the state to directly access their patients’ advance directives.

The lawmaker said the registry is not funded by Michigan taxpayers.

“It is free and voluntary. While the Michigan Department of Community Health oversees the registry, it was developed and is maintained through financial support by Michigan’s Gift of Life Foundation,” Marleau said.