Legal document that allow mental health consumers to state their medical and mental health care wishes in advance for occasions when they are incapacitated to do so.
- Requires signature of consumers stating that the Advance Directives reflect their wishes
- Requires the signature of two outside witnesses confirming that consumer is of sound mind at the time requesting an Advance Directive
- Witnesses are not employees of health care provider; at least one witness must be related by blood, marriage, adoption; and to the best of their knowledge, not entitled to any part f the consumers estate
Why are Advance Directives Important? Required by Dixon Exit Criteria and MHRS Certification Standards as an option to consumers for crisis planning.
May be helpful for consumers proactively to state their treatment wishes during times they may be incapacitated
Can serve as a tool to help consumers and their treatment provideres work as partners in treatment planning according to recovery principles.