Any person may make a psychiatric advance directive if he/she has legal capacity. This written document expresses your preferences and consent to treatment measures for a specific diagnosis. The directive sets forth the care and treatment of a mental illness during periods of incapacity. This directive requires certain items in order for the directive to be valid.
The individual may specify treatment measures including:
I. Administration of prescribed medications orally or by injection;
II. Physical restraint;
IV. Electroconvulsive therapy;
V. Mental health counseling; or
VI. Admission to an inpatient setting.
The psychiatric advance directive is used when a patient:
I. Receives mental health services, and
II. Is mentally incompetent.
The psychiatric advance directive does not apply to a patient in the following situations:
I. Emergency detention (72 hours),
II. Immediate detention (by police, etc),
III. Temporary commitment, or
IV. Regular commitment.
To execute a valid psychiatric advance directive the individual:
I. Must have the mental capacity to execute a psychiatric advance directive; and
II. The psychiatric advance directive must include all of the following:
(1) The name of the individual entering into the psychiatric advance directive;
(2) The name of he treatment program and sponsoring facility or institution in which the
individual in enrolled, if applicable;
(3) The name, address and phone number of treating physician or other treating mental health
(4) Signature of the individual entering into the psychiatric advance directive;
(5) Date the individual signed the psychiatric advance directive;
(6) The name, address and phone number of the designated health care representative; and
(7) Signature of the psychiatrist treating the individual entering into the psychiatric advance
directive, attesting to:
• The appropriateness of the individual’s preferences stated in the psychiatric advance directive; and
• The capacity of the individual entering into the psychiatric advance directive.
*The presence of a psychiatric advance directive does not preclude the attending physician from treating the patient in a manner that is in the best interest of the patient or another individual.
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