Virginia Advance Directives
Who can help people to fill out an AD in Virginia?
Virginia has strict guidelines about who can help people to complete ADs because ADs are legal documents. Only attorneys and health care providers can help people to complete ADs.
To figure out if you are considered a health care provider under Virginia law, we encourage you to talk with a supervisor or legal counsel and look to the definition in Va. Code §8.01-581.1.
Why would a health care provider or lawyer want to go through training to be a “facilitator”?
Virginia law does not currently require any special training to facilitate ADs—a person just has to be a lawyer or health care provider.
Although training is not required, we highly recommend that you be trained so that you can feel prepared and comfortable helping others. The training teaches the content of ADs, discusses the interpersonal skills important to facilitating, and consists of practice sessions that are observed by trainers. The training was created in collaboration with DBHDS, dLCV, MHAV, and VOCAL.
How can I sign up for facilitator training?
Currently, UVa provides this training by traveling to agencies (e.g., community services boards, hospitals) that have voiced an interest in the training. If you are an individual interested in the training, we encourage you to find out if others at your agency would like to do the training too.
If you are a representative of an agency that would like to request training, please contact:
Cynthia Elledge, Ph.D.
Advance Directive Implementation Coordinator
DBHDS & UVa Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
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This website is not intended to provide legal advice. It is merely a guide, and reflects one view of Advance Directives in Virginia. It can be beneficial to consult with an attorney regarding your Advance Directive. However, the intention of Virginia’s law on Advance Directives is to enable and encourage all capable adults to fill out an Advance Directive on their own.
This website is designed and administered by Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV) and is funded through a grant by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.