2135.03 Validity and effect - revocation.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in this division and subject to division (C) of this section, a declaration for mental health treatment remains valid and effective for three years after its execution unless it is properly revoked. A declaration for mental health treatment may become operative as provided in section 2135.04 of the Revised Code. If the declaration becomes operative, the authority of a proxy named in the declaration continues in effect as long as the declaration designating the proxy is in effect or until the proxy has withdrawn. If a declaration for mental health treatment has become operative and is in effect at the expiration of three years after its execution, the declaration remains effective until the declarant has the capacity to consent to mental health treatment decisions. If a declaration for mental health treatment has not become operative at the expiration of three years after its execution, the declaration may be renewed as provided in division (C)(1) of this section or remains effective as provided in division (C)(2) of this section.

(B) A valid declaration may be revoked in accordance with section 2135.09 of the Revised Code or renewed in accordance with division (C) (1) of this section, but it shall not otherwise be altered or amended after it has been executed. A properly executed declaration is not revoked or invalidated by an alteration of or amendment to the declaration. Any alteration of or amendment to the declaration is not a part of the declaration.

(C)

(1) A declarant may renew a declaration once, extending the validity of the document for an additional three-year period from the date of the renewal, by repeating the procedures set forth in section 2135.06 of the Revised Code, if the declarant has included in the declaration a specific authorization for the use or continuation, or the withholding or withdrawal, of mental health treatment, and the declarant makes no change with respect to that authorization. A declarant shall not make any changes to any term or provision of the declaration when renewing under division (C)(1) of this section.

(2) A declaration for mental health treatment that has not become operative at the expiration of three years after its execution remains effective if both of the following apply:

(a) The declaration designates a proxy or an alternate proxy.

(b) The declarant does not include in the declaration a specific authorization for the use or continuation, or the witholding or withdrawal, of mental health treatment.

Cite as R.C. § 2135.03

History. Effective Date: 10-29-2003