A Guide to Advance Directives and Power of Attorney on Mental Health Treatment and Mental Health Law. Mental Health Law is a specialized set of laws that can be found in the Louisiana Revised Statues (La. R.S. 28:1-28:213). It does not contain a specific definition for mental illness, but does define a “Mentally ill person” as any person with a psychiatric disorder which has substantial adverse effects on his/her ability to function and who requires care and treatment.
Interdiction is a legal process where a court is asked to determine, from testimony and other evidence presented, whether a person is unable to consistently make reasoned decisions regarding their person and/or their property, or to communicate those decisions, and whose interests cannot be protected by less restrictive means. If such a finding is made, the court appoints someone to make these decisions for the person.
BIALA and United Spinal Association, LA Chapter provides information and support to survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries, their caregivers and professionals. BIALA and United Spinal Association, LA Chapter provides access to numerous support groups throughout the state for those dealing with brain and spinal cord injuries.
This brochure describes commitment, interdiction and other means of handling a situation where a person cannot make decisions for him or herself. Judicial Commitment is the process by which an individual is ordered by a court to receive treatment in a specific facility or location. Interdiction is a process that deprives a person of some or all of their rights. This includes the right to vote, marry, decide where to live, what doctor to see, etc.
When someone needs help to take care of themselves, who can step in? How do you do it? What's the result?
OCDD gives information and services for Louisiana residents with a developmental disability, defined as a severe chronic disability caused by mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or autism.
A self-help guide to plan for incapacity including advance directive forms for Louisiana. By using advance directives, you can control your health care decisions, even if you become incapacitated in the future. You prepare the advance directives while you are capable of making your own decisions. Generally, they take the form of instructions to your doctor, or the appointment of someone to make decisions for you. They can cover specific treatments such as life-sustaining procedures, or be very general and cover all medical decisions.
Continuing Tutorship is a legal process in which a court decides that your child will not be competent to make decisions after he or she reaches 18 years old, the legal age of majority. Instead another person will have the legal authority to make all business and legal decisions for the child just as if he or she were still under age 18.