Did you know that many advance directives don’t include the authority to make mental health decisions? That’s why it’s vitally important to protect yourself and your loved ones.
The mental healthcare power of attorney, or POA, is probably the least known of the advance directives. As with healthcare and financial powers of attorney, this document is critical for all Arizonans, regardless of age or health status.
Mental health POAs are important in ensuring your loved one gets effective care. Without a mental health POA, family members and friends stand by helplessly when a loved one experiences an episode of mental illness, unable to intervene until their loved one’s condition deteriorates severely enough to meet state law standards for involuntary commitment and treatment. A mental health POA is also important because it can ensure you know your loved one’s wishes in advance and have the authority to carry them out.Did you know that many advance directives don’t include the authority to make mental health decisions? That’s why it’s vitally important to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Without a mental healthcare POA, if inpatient behavioral health treatment is required and you’re unable or unwilling to accept treatment, the only other option is for someone to pursue an emergency guardianship.