Planning for Life

Appeals Court Clarifies Standards for Rogers Decisions

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on April 5, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis

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A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case clarifies the law around the administration of antipsychotic medications to individuals under guardianship pursuant to Rogers determinations. In accordance with the Rogers case, guardians may order the administration of antipsychotic drugs only after a so-called "substituted judgment" determination that the person under guardianship, were she competent, would agree to take the medication.

In other words, the question is not what is in the individual's best interest. Instead, the goal of the proceeding is to preserve the individual's right to self-determination and in effect to make her own health care decisions.

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Topics: guardianship, Rogers decisions

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