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Title 18 : Health


(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 7626)
  • § 7626. Advance directive

    (a) If a person who is the subject of an application filed under section 7624 of this title has executed an advance directive in accordance with the provisions of chapter 231 of this title, the court shall suspend the hearing and enter an order pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, if the court determines that:

    (1) the person is refusing to accept psychiatric medication;

    (2) the person is not competent to make a decision regarding the proposed treatment; and

    (3) the decision regarding the proposed treatment is within the scope of the valid, duly executed advance directive.

    (b) An order entered under subsection (a) of this section shall authorize the Commissioner to administer treatment to the person, including involuntary medication in accordance with the direction set forth in the advance directive or provided by the agent or agents acting within the scope of authority granted by the advance directive. If hospitalization is necessary to effectuate the proposed treatment, the court may order the person to be hospitalized.

    (c) [Repealed.]

    (d)(1) The Commissioner of Mental Health shall develop a protocol for use by designated hospitals for the purpose of educating hospital staff on the use and applicability of advance directives pursuant to chapter 231 of this title and other written or oral expressions of treatment preferences pursuant to subsection 7627(b) of this title.

    (2) Prior to a patient's discharge or release, a hospital shall provide information to a patient in the custody or temporary custody of the Commissioner regarding advance directives, including relevant information developed by the Vermont Ethics Network and Office of the Mental Health Care Ombudsman. (Added 1997, No. 114 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; amended 2013, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 14, 25.)