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Health Care Agent Decides on Antipsychotic Medications, Not Court

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on August 12, 2020

By Harry S. Margolis


In Massachusetts, the courts may civilly commit an individual who is of substantial risk to herself and others and may authorize the administration of antipsychotic medications. But if she has a health care proxy, who decides, the court or her health care agent?

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Topics: guardianship, health-care decision making, health care proxy, antipsychotic medications, Rogers proceeding

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