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Guide to Rogers Guardianship

Date: 
04/01/2015
Author: 
Massachusetts Probate and Family Court

From the introduction to the pamphlet:

Since the 1983 decision of Rogers v. Commissioner of Department of Mental Health, 390 Mass 489 (1983), the Probate and Family Court has been charged with acti ng upon requests for permission to administer antipsyc hotic medication to individuals who are unable to consent to treatment themselves. A substituted judgment standa rd applies and, at a minimum, yearly reviews are requi red.

This booklet provides information about Rogerrs guardianships, for adults, in Massachusetts. This is a type of guardianship where the Court determines the Guar dian will be given authority to agree to extraordinary t reatment for the Incapacitated Person (I.P.). This usually refers to treatment with antipsychotic medication but it may include other intrusive treatments and procedures. 

This booklet is intended to be a guide, and include s information regarding guardianship procedures, what forms to file, and duties of guardians.


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