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Power in Planning: Self Determination through Advance Psychiatric Directives


By: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

This pocket folder, released in March 2003, builds on the Bazelon Center's earlier work regarding advance psychiatric directives. In December 1998, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law launched a three-year project to explore the legal enforceability of advance directives for psychiatric care and promote their use as a tool to assist consumers of mental health care in making choices prior to a mental health crisis. Power in Planning assesses the utility of advance directives generally and the Bazelon Center's forms to prepare a psychiatric advance directive in particular.

Components of the pocket folder and the Bazelon Center's psychiatric advance directive forms are available in printer-friendly PDF file format and can be purchased from the Bazelon Center's online bookstore. You will need the free Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files.

Acknowledgments

Power in Planning: Self Determination through Advance Psychiatric Directives was developed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in a three-year project funded by the Ittleson Foundation. The production of these materials and their distribution nationwide to public mental health systems, consumers and families, state protection and advocacy systems and other mental health advocates is supported by the Targeted Technical Assistance project of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the Division of State and Community Systems Development (Mental Health Block Grant) of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional support for the project came from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

©2003 Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Please see www.bazelon.org for updates on this material.

 
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