Advance Directives

Advance Directives

New Georgia Advance Directive For Health Care

During the summer and fall of 2006, the Center participated in a roundtable convened by State Representative Steve “Thunder” Tumlin (Georgia State Law ’88) to revise Georgia’s advance directive forms in an effort to make them more user-friendly. The roundtable was composed of a multi-disciplinary group of experts representing a variety of interests on end-of-life issues. Representatives from the political, legal, health care, ethics, disability, and faith-based communities suggested revising Georgia’s two current forms, the Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, into one Advance Directive for Health Care. Other revisions include simplified language, definitions within the form, reduced witnessing requirements, and additional treatment choices.

The revised forms and accompanying statute were passed by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2007 Legislative Session as House Bill 24 and signed into law by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on May 17, 2007. The new forms are effective as of July 1, 2007. Download the form as a PDF or download the form as a word document.

For a description of the public process used in this initiative, see “A case study in collaborative governance: Health care law reform in Georgia,” by Charity Scott, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 441-463, summer 2011. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Abstract: “This case study illustrates how collaborative governance through consensus building can work well to achieve law reform, with shared responsibilities among elected officials, private and professional stakeholders, and ordinary citizens. The author discusses the participants involved and the process adopted in Georgia to reform the state’s law on advance directives for health care. She identifies some of the best practices that contributed to the success of this law-reform effort, and offers some lessons learned for future work in collaborative governance.”