Advance Care Planning (ACP) Services

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is a process to plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions and are unlikely to recover from illness or injury.

What is the goal of an advance care planning visit?

 With the help of the Advance Care Planning Facilitator you will:

  • Select a qualified healthcare agent to act on your behalf.
  • Explore your values, goals, beliefs and preferences for your healthcare.
  • Understand your current health status and expected course of illness.
  • Document the name of your healthcare agent and preferences in a My Care Advance Directive.
  • Complete a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) if appropriate.
  • Share decisions with loved ones and healthcare providers.
  • Record your Advance Care Plan in your electronic health record.

Advance Care Planning FacilitatorRev. Laura Mancuso, is available to meet with patients, families and caregivers on Thursday afternoons by appointment.


Call (805) 681-6599

Location:  Sansum Clinic, 215 Pesetas Lane, Santa Barbara 

Care ManagerChristine Cruse, MSW, ASW is available to meet with patients, families and caregivers by appointment.

Call (805) 681-7580 

Sansum Clinic, 215 Pesetas Lane, Santa Barbara
Advance Directive Workshops are offered regularly.

Rev. Laura Mancuso

Christine Cruse, MSW

Christine Cruse, MSW, ASW

Click here for more information on Advance Health Care Directives or call the Health Resource Center, (805) 681-7672

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is brought to you in collaboration with Alliance for Living and Dying Well. This service is free of charge.

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