Emergency Legal Preparedness – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

PrimerEmergency Legal Preparedness and Response

September 8, 2017
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have caused massive damage and displaced tens of thousands of people. Federal and state emergency declarations have been made to accelerate relief and recovery efforts through deployment of on-the ground personnel, supplies and health care to help those affected. This Primer provides a snapshot of current emergency declarations and what they authorize.

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Michigan Laws Related to Right of a Minor to Obtain Health Care without Consent or Knowledge of Parents

Issue BriefHealth Information and Data SharingMichigan

May 29, 2020
by Denise Chrysler

This document summarizes the rights of minors to consent to various types of health care without the consent or knowledge of their parents. It also covers whether the law permits information concerning the minor’s health care to be shared with the parent. Though the details of this document apply only in Michigan, the legal provisions likely have counterparts in other states. Lawyers in other states may have developed, or could develop, comparable summaries for their states. You may wish to talk with your attorney, or visit the Public Health Lawyer Directory to find a public health attorney in your state.

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Declared States of Emergency – Opioid Crisis

ToolkitEmergency Legal Preparedness and ResponseSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

January 12, 2018
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

High rates of morbidity and mortality among Americans related to opioid use constitute a public health epidemic, leading multiple jurisdictions to declare formal states of emergency or public health emergency. Declaring a state of emergency grants states and localities additional resources to address the epidemic immediately.

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