"This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful. I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it's the best care that I've ever received."Read More...
Ohio Q and A
Ten commonly asked questions about PAD's for Ohio
Please note: the following 10 FAQs are designed to provide a quick and accessible guide to what your state’s Statutes say – or do not say – about PADs. The FAQs do not attempt to provide a complete picture of the law in your state, nor can they take the place of legal advice. The answers were accurate when written in December 2006.
1. Can I write a legally-binding psychiatric advance directive (PAD)?
Yes. Ohio’s Declarations for Mental Health Treatment statute allows you to write instructions (a “declaration”) about how you would like your future mental health treatment to proceed in the event of a crisis. Additionally, Ohio’s Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care statute allows you to appoint an agent to make health care decisions for you, including mental health decisions, in the event of a crisis. A suggested form for either or both purposes is available here. Additionally, a workbook to assist you in creating a PAD is available here.
No. You may do one, the other, or both, using the suggested form .
Yes. The statute says that the provider is only obliged to follow the PAD so far as it is “consistent with reasonable medical practice, the availability of treatments, and applicable law”. If you become subject to involuntary treatment law, this will usually take priority over the PAD.
Your PAD remains valid for three years, or until it is validly revoked. You may revoke the appointment of your agent at any time, but may only revoke or change your declaration (instructions) as long as you remain competent.