CLRP

Medications Presentation Info Sheet


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICATIONS

  • State law requires that a doctor get informed from consent from the patient to medicate a person - unless there is an emergency. Informed consent means that the doctor must talk with the patient in plain language about the medication choices the person has, and after considering benefits, risks and alternatives, the individual to consents (agrees) or refuses (declines) the recommended medication.
  • Patients cannot be punished because they exercise the right to refuse medication.
  • If a doctor believes it is necessary to force a person who is in a hospital to take medication to treat a psychiatric disability without the person’s consent, the doctor must follow procedures that protect the person’s rights.


    • → If the person’s condition is getting much worse, there may be an internal hearing in the hospital where the person can have an advocate present. These hearings can only authorize involuntary medication for 30 days. The person can appeal that decision to the Probate Court.

    OR

    • → There may be a hearing at the Probate Court where an attorney will be appointed to represent the patient.

  • If a conservator is appointed by the Probate Court to make medication decisions for a person, the conservator must meet with the person and the doctor before making a decision. This authority is good for 120 days (as long as the person is continuously hospitalized) and it may be renewed for an additional 120 days.
  • State law does not permit mental health facilities or agencies to force a person residing in the community to take unwanted medication. However, a person within the authority of the criminal justice system (probation/parole) can be required to comply with treatment.


For more information about the law regarding medications, or help from a legal advocate


call Connecticut Legal Rights Project

1-877-402-2299

TTY 860-262-5066

Or write

P.O. Box 351 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 06457