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Mental health advance directives

Are you ready to complete a mental health advance directive?

View the model form

What is a mental health advance directive?

A mental health advance directive is a legal written document that describes what you want to happen if your mental health problems become so severe that you need help from others. This might be when your judgment is impaired and/or you are unable to communicate effectively.

It can inform others about what treatment you want or don't want, and it can identify a person to whom you have given the authority to make decisions on your behalf.

For more information, please read the advance directives information for consumers pamphlet.

What do I need to do?

Download and complete a mental health advance directive form.

Where can I get a form?

  • A model "fill-in-the-blanks" form was included in the state law and it is probably the best and easiest way to create a mental health advance directive.
  • Your mental health provider may also have copies of the form.

Who should get my completed form?

If you name an agent to represent you, you must give them a copy. 

You may also want to give copies to:

  • Your current mental health care providers
  • Your lawyer
  • Trusted family members