Arizona Advance Directive
What is an Advance Directive?
An Advance Directive is a document in which you give instructions about your health care, what you want done or not done, if you can’t speak for yourself. Samples of Advance Directives can be found at www.azsos.gov.
What is the Arizona Advance Directive Registry?
The Arizona Advance Directive Registry is a place to store a copy of your Advance Directive – a virtual file cabinet – so that your Advance Directive is available when needed. For example, if you are in an accident or very ill, and unable to speak for yourself, your Advance Directive will speak for you and the doctors or hospital caring for you can look up your directive in the Registry and then follow your instructions.
Types of Advance Directives that can be filed at the Arizona Advance Directive Registry:
- Living Will
A living will usually only comes into effect if you are terminally ill. Being terminally ill generally means you have less than six months to live.
- Health Care (Medical) Power of Attorney
A Health Care (Medical) Power of Attorney lets you name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unconscious or unable to make medical decisions for yourself for any reason. A Health Care (Medical) Power of Attorney can be part of another Advance Directive form, such as a Living Will, or may be a separate document. The person you appoint to make decisions for you when you cannot is called an “agent”.
- Mental Health Care Power of Attorney
A Mental Health Care Power of Attorney is a document that lets you name someone to make decisions for you related to your mental health if you are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
For questions about registering or filing your Advance Directive, contact the Arizona Secretary of State’s office: 602.542.6187 or visit www.azsos.gov. For questions about how to prepare an Advance Directive, contact Health Care Decisions at 602.222.2229.