Connecticut Advance Directives
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Connecticut is one of the states in which an “attorney-in-fact” can be appointed as your Healthcare Proxy. However this proxy cannot be your attending physician or any other employee of the healthcare facility where you are undergoing treatment unless they are a family member. Additionally, your proxy cannot be an employee of a government agency financially responsible for your care unless he or she is a family member. Connecticut allows you to name both a Healthcare Representative and an alternate representative if your primary proxy is unable, unwilling, or unavailable to take on the responsibility. It is important to note that in Connecticut, if your spouse is appointed as your Healthcare Representative, this power will be automatically revoked if the marriage ends, unless you specify that they are to remain your proxy. As in many states, Connecticut has an exception to Advance Directives in the case of pregnant women. A pregnant patient must be given life-sustaining treatments regardless of what her Advance Directive may state. In Connecticut, specifications regarding organ donation can be part of the Advance Directive. An attorney experienced with these legalities can help you write these optional instructions.
To validate your Advance Directive in Connecticut, the document must be witnessed by two adults who affirm that you are of sound mind and are an adult over the age of 18. The state of Connecticut has additional rules regarding these witnesses. If you are a patient in a facility licensed by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, at least one witness must be unaffiliated with the healthcare facility, and one witness must have specialized training in treating mental illness (such as a physician or psychologist). If you are a patient in a facility licensed by the Department of Mental Retardation, one witness must be unaffiliated with the healthcare facility, and one witness must have specialized training in developmental disabilities.