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Advanced Directives LogoAbout Advance Directives

Now you can make choices in advance about your treatment preferences with an Advance Directive Declaration for Mental Health Treatment.

An Advance Directive Declaration for Mental Health Treatment is a legal document that empowers you to state your treatment preferences and name a person (a proxy) to act for you when medical and mental health professionals determine you are not able to make informed health care decisions.

Choosing a Proxy

Your proxy can be any adult person, such as a family member or friend, who is willing to accept this responsibility. It should be someone that you trust to make important decisions for you.

The only adult persons that cannot serve as a proxy are your physician and mental health treatment provider(s), an employee of any health care facility where you are being treated, an employee of your physician, a person under the age of 18, or a person who already has a court-appointed guardian.

For a copy of the Advance Directive or more information about completing the document, call the Washington County Behavioral Health Board at (740) 374-6990.

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David Browne, C.P.A.

Executive Director

Providing essential prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders

344 Muskingum Drive
Marietta, OH 45750

Ph: (740) 374-6990
Fx: (740) 374-6927

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except for legal holidays


Is it an emergency? Dial 911.

Local Hotline: Dial (740) 373-8240.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Ohio Crisis TEXT line:
Send 4HOPE to 741741.

Local information and referral service:
Dial 211.