Mental Health/Psychiatric advance directives are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment. Mental Health/Psychiatric advance directives can be used to plan for the possibility that someone may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.
The National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives provides comprehensive information about Advance Directives for Consumers, Family Members and Legal Professionals. The website has examples of what these Directives look like as well as brief video presentations discussing all aspects of Advance Directives.
The Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is an independent agency of the State of Ohio. DRO Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.
In October of 2012, Disability Rights Ohio replaced Ohio Legal Rights Service as Ohio’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP). It is governed by a Board of Directors, primarily consisting of people with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities.
In Ohio, “advance directives” is the term used to describe three types of legal documents you can complete to express your wishes regarding your future health care: (1) a durable power of attorney for health care (POA), (2) a declaration for mental health treatment, and (3) a living will. An advance directive can be an important tool for you as a consumer of mental health and other disability services to guide your care should your attending physician determine that you lack capacity to make your own health care choices.
Ohio State Bar Association has the current standard living will, health-care power of attorney, anatomical gift forms, mental health declaration and financial power of attorney forms available for download on their website.
Presentation on Advance Directives from University of North Carolina – at Chapel Hill
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