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
(434) 297-7879

Becoming an AD Facilitator