Advance Directives are legal documents that allow you to document your expressed preferences for health care including psychiatric care providers to follow when you are unable to speak for yourself. You can use your Advance Directive to appoint a healthcare representative who will follow your preferences.
You can prepare an Advance Directive to communicate your choices with your loved ones, people you trust and your treaters.
Advance Directives can include your treatment choices including medication, preferred providers, notifying a provider of things that help or harm you, end of life decisions and communicates any important responsibilities that you may have and who the parties responsible until you can resume the task yourself. Unless there is a Judge’s Order, you can prepare an Advance Directive even if you are hospitalized or have a conservator.
For more information on Advance Directives go to:
- Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), State Unit on Aging [860-424-5274]: Advance Directives webpage
- Connecticut Office of the Attorney General [860-808-5318]: Living Wills webpage
The general information contained herein is not advice. If you have questions about Advance Directives, you should speak to an attorney or contact Connecticut Legal Rights Project (1-877-402-2299).