Medical Aid in Dying (MAID)

About MAID

Medical aid in dying is a medical practice that allows mentally capable, terminally ill adults to request a prescription for life-ending medication from their health care provider. The person may self-administer the medication if and when s/he chooses.
Medical aid in dying is currently authorized in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, Colorado, California, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine and as of 2021, the state of New Mexico. Qualified clinicians are required to confirm that a patient is fully informed and provide the patient with information about additional end of life options, including comfort care, hospice and pain control before providing a prescription.

Learn more about the Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act. We can help you get through the process. 

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The Power of Stories 

Everyone has a story to tell.  “Stories are the way we understand and make sense of the world we find ourselves in.” says Clare Patey, Director of the Empathy Museum, whose purpose is to help visitors view the world through the perspectives of others, using participatory storytelling and dialogue.

In New Mexico, storytelling is at the heart of our culture, playing a powerful role in the telling of history, in passing down the wisdom of our ancestors, and helping us to understand a point of view that is different from our own. In fact, some of the most fascinating stories are the ones of people who have unique experiences, different from our own. While some of the most compelling stories are the ones that touch on a shared experience of humankind. Stories can open hearts and minds.

In preparing for the 2021 legislative session, many New Mexicans wrote to their state legislators, telling their stories and asking them to support the medical aid in dying. If you would like to understand more about medical aid in dying and why some individuals would  choose this end-of-life option, check out our collection of true New Mexican stories in our 2021 Storybook.

Medical Aid in Dying



Compassion and Choices

improves care, expands options, and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. C&C works across the nation in communities, state legislatures, Congress, courts and medical settings to: educate the public about the importance of documenting end-of-life values and priorities and about the full range of available options; empower every individual with achievable options, authoritative information and constructive advice for guiding their care and engaging with their providers; advocate for expanded choices, secure and ready access to them and improved medical practice that puts patients first and values quality of life in treatment plans for terminal illness; defend existing end-of-life options from efforts to restrict access. See the Compassion & Choices NM webpage for more about the NM law.

Death With Dignity National Center

expands the freedom of all qualified terminally ill Americans to make their own end-of-life decisions, including how they die; promotes death with dignity laws around the United States based on the groundbreaking Oregon model; provides information, education, and support about Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option to patients, family members, legislators, advocates, healthcare and end-of-life care professionals, media, and the interested public; and mounts legal defense of physician-assisted dying legislation.

Established in February, 2020, as an outgrowth of the successful National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying at UC Berkeley, February 14/15, 2020, this non-profit informs and educates clinicians about medical aid in dying, from clinical discussions to evidence-based knowledge, from nursing care to the work of volunteers at the bedside, from medical ethics to pharmacology, and more. The Academy also provides a Patient-to-Doctor Referral System; an Information Update and Discussion Listserv; a series of Video Interviews with leaders in the field discussing pressing issues and concerns; a Patient Information Portal; Research and Data Analysis; Resident and Medical Student Trainings; Certified Online Continuing Medical Education for Nurses, Social Workers, and Physicians.