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Brochure: Decide for Yourself: A Guide to Mental Health Advance Directives

During 2004, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell signed into law Act 194, Mental Health Declarations and Powers of Attorney. The purpose of the law is to allow adults to consent to, or refuse, various treatments for mental health care in advance of their need for that treatment, in case their mental illness makes them incapable of making mental health decisions at a later date.They also may appoint another person to make treatment decisions for them.

This brochure tells you about your rights under this law and gives you facts about what a mental health advance directive and mental health power of attorney are, how to make one, and what you need to consider in making one.

Any questions you have about mental health advance directives that are not answered here should be discussed with your psychiatrist or other mental health professional, lawyer, or family member.



Topics: End of Life Care, Patient and Family Engagement

Revision Date: 9/1/2019

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