2018 Tennessee Code
Title 33 - Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 3 - General Rules Applicable to Service Recipients
Part 2 - Special Liability Rules
§ 33-3-220. Eligibility to serve as surrogate decision maker.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 33-3-220 (2018)
  • IF
  • (1) a physician, psychologist, or dentist reasonably determines that an adult:

    • (A) knows about a service recipient's developmental disability and condition as it relates to the matter in question,

    • (B) is actively involved in the service recipient's life,

    • (C) is willing to make a decision for the service recipient on the matter in question,

    • (D) appears to be reasonably capable of making the decision and likely to make it objectively in the service recipient's interest,

    • (E) appears to have no conflict of interest with the service recipient, and

    • (F) is, in order of descending preference for service as a surrogate:

      • (i) the service recipient's spouse,

      • (ii) the service recipient's adult child,

      • (iii) the service recipient's parent or stepparent,

      • (iv) the service recipient's adult sibling,

      • (v) any other adult relative of the service recipient, or

      • (vi) any other adult,


  • (2) the adult is eligible to serve as a surrogate decision maker for the service recipient on the matter in question under §§ 33-3-219 -- 33-3-221.

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