Advance Directive Toolkit
* An advance directive is a legal document through which you may provide directions as to your medical care. It is used when you are unable to make or communicate your decisions about your medical treatment. It is prepared before any condition or circumstance occurs that causes you to be unable to actively make a decision about your medical care.
* In Connecticut, judges and hearing officers have the power to override the treatment choices of some competent people and may therefore be able to override the choices you make, including medication choices.
This advance directive form has been created to meet many of the health care needs of people who are receiving mental health services. Although this form has been created for people receiving mental health services, anyone can use it.
* This advance directive for health care is meant to help you plan for the future. It is not meant to give legal advice. It does not try to answer all questions about anything that could come up. Every person is different, and every situation is different. Laws change from time to time. If you have a specific question or problem, talk to a medical or legal professional for advice.
* Assistance is available to help you understand and complete this form. You can have your questions answered by a trained advocate. Agencies available to provide assistance are listed on the back cover of this Toolkit. We encourage you to seek assistance.