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Geriatric Guide - Appendix 5: Psychiatric Advance Directive
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Appendix 5: Psychiatric Advance Directive
If you are concerned that you may be subject to involuntary psychiatric commitment or treatment at some future time, you can prepare a legal document in advance to express your choices about treatment. The document is called an advance directive for mental health decision making.
What are the advantages of a psychiatric advance directive?
If you expect to need mental health treatment in the future and believe that you might be found incompetent to make your decisions at that time:
An advance directive empowers you to make your treatment preferences known.
An advance directive will improve communication between you and your physician. It can prevent clashes with professionals over treatment and may prevent forced treatment.
Having an advance directive may shorten your hospital stay.
Where can I get legal advice about advance directives in Maine?
Disability Rights Center (DRC) – 1-800-452-1948
DRC is Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. It is a non-profit agency, independent of state and federal government.
Legal Services for the Elderly – 1-800-750-5353
Provides free, high quality legal assistance to socially and economically needy Maine residents age 60 and older.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program – 1-800-499-0229
A Swedish word, Ombudsman (pronounced om-budz-man) is a specially trained advocate who is given authority under federal and Maine law to investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, long-term care consumers.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance – Augusta, 622-4731
Non-profit corporation providing legal assistance to people in the State of Maine whose income is one hundred twenty-five percent of the federal income poverty guidelines or less.