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Completing an Advance Health Directive: Advance Health Directive for Mental Health Treatment

Advance Health Directive for Mental Health Treatment

Authored By: Alaska Legal Services - Anchorage LSC Funded
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Advance Health Care Directive - Part 4

Advance Health Directive - Part 4

Mental Health Treatment

In Part 4 of the form (Sections, 9, 10, and 11), you may make decisions in advance about certain types of mental health treatment, such as medications and electroconvulsive treatment (shock treatment). Additionally, in the event that you do not have the capacity to give or withhold informed consent for mental health treatment, you may state in advance whether you consent to admission in a mental health facility and if so, under what limitations.

Medication

Section 9 of the form addresses medications.  A “psychotropic” drug is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness.  You may consent to receving specific medications, and you can also NOT consent to medication(s).

ECT – Shock Treatment

Section 10 deals with a type of treatment called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Electroconvulsive therapy is a procedure, done under general anesthesia, in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. ECT seems to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses.  Like the section above, In this section, you can either consent or not consent to this specific treatment, or put conditions and limits on your consent.

Admission to Institution

Section 11 offers you the opportunity to state in advance whether you consent to the admission to and/or retention in a mental health facility, under circumstances where you no longer have the mental capacity to give informed consent.

Finally, at the end of the section regarding mental health treatment, there is space for you to give any other instructions that you wish.

Last Review and Update: May 10, 2019