Declaration for Mental Health Treatment
The Declaration for Mental Health Treatment is a legal document that any Tennessee citizen can fill out in order to declare their preferences if in a mental health crisis.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services developed this form based on Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 33, Chapter 6, Part 10, which gives the right to individuals, 16 years of age and older, to be involved in decisions about their mental health treatment. The law also recognizes that, at times, some individuals are unable to make treatment decisions. A “Declaration for Mental Health Treatment” allows persons receiving services to plan ahead; it may also assist service providers in giving appropriate treatment.
The “Declaration for Mental Health Treatment” form (see link below) describes what an individual wants to occur when receiving mental health treatment. It describes mental health services that an individual might consider, the conditions under which a declaration may be acted upon, and directions on how an individual can revoke or cancel a declaration.
For example, completion of a “Declaration for Mental Health Treatment” form allows an individual to state: