Virginia Advance Directives
Health care providers may be asked to help in several ways:
Virginia law restricts who can help a person, one-on-one to fill out their AD. Only lawyers and health care providers may do so.
For more information about helping this directly, see our Facilitation page.
Many people may simply have some questions for their health care providers. They might have questions about what certain types of treatment are or they might seek out their providers’ perspectives.
ADs are meant to be the person’s document, so providers should avoid being directive or telling someone what to put in their AD.
Some people may ask their providers for copies of their records to help make sure that their AD contains up-to-date and accurate information.
One provision of an AD, if selected by the person, requires review by a physician or licensed clinical psychologist. More information on the provision is here. For now, it is important to note that the physician or psychologist is not asked to review the whole AD, just the one provision at issue.
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.
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