About Advance Directives
Federal regulations define an advance directive as a written instruction, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care, recognized under state law (whether statutory or as recognized by the courts of the state), relating to the individuals wishes regarding the provision of health care when the individual is incapacitated.
Advance Directives for Health and Mental Health Care
These are documents that the individual creates that appoint someone else to make health care or mental health care decisions in the event the individual becomes incapacitated or incapable of making treatment decisions. The instructions provided in the documents are followed should an individual become unable to express his or her wishes.
What to do with Advance Directives
Advance directives are documents signed by a competent person giving direction to health care providers about treatment choices in certain circumstances. By creating an advance directive, the individual remains in control of health care decisions since these wishes were written down in advance. If the individual is no longer able to make decisions, doctors and other health care providers are legally obligated to follow the patient's wishes outlined in the advance directive.
Local Resources for Creating Advance Directives
Recovery Innovation of Arizona provides a peer support specialist who teaches mental health care power of attorney classes. Please contact:
Recovery Innovation of Arizona 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 316 Phoenix, Arizona 85006 602-650-1212 or 866-481-5361
Web Sites Providing Advance Directive Information
Request a Video, Advance Directive Documents and Instructions or Other Materials