Treatment Guardianship Law and Legal Definition

Treatment guardianship is governed by state law, which varies by state, but in some jurisdictions an advocate for a mentally ill person may be established for forced or involuntary medications and treatment. If a mental health patient is determined to be unable to make decisions about his or her mental health treatment, then a treatment guardian can be appointed. Generally, the treatment guardian will have the authority to make decisions regarding any mental health treatment. A treatment guardian does not have the authority to make decisions about any medical treatment. The scope and duration of the treatment guardian's powers may be limited by the court ordering appointment of the treatment guardian.