Advance directives are written instructions recognized under State law that relate to the making of medical treatment decisions and the provision of healthcare when or if a person is incapacitated. Advance directives ensure that patients are treated according to their own wishes.
Advance directives recognized under Colorado law include:
Under Colorado law you have the right to accept or reject medical treatment—including artificial life support—either by speaking for yourself if you are able, or by authorizing someone else to make the decision on your behalf.
- Medical Durable Powers of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Directives
Advance Directives Links
- MedlinePlus: Advance Directives
- State Regulation on Advance Directive
- Colorado Age of Majority
- Advance Directives: Childeren and Teens
- Medical Advance Directives
A psychiatric advance directive (PAD), also known as a mental health advance directive, is a written document that describes what a person wants to happen if at some time in the future if it is determined that they are suffering from a mental disorder and deemed unable to decide for themselves or to communicate effectively.
Click here to learn more about Psychiatric Advance Directive.