W. Va. Code R. § 64-74-6 - Informed Consent Right
6.1. In order for a consumer to give informed consent for care or treatment, a behavioral health service shall inform him or her of the following:
6.1.a. The rights provided under this rule;
6.1.b. The nature of his or her condition and the treatment proposed;
6.1.c. Any reasonable alternative treatments available;
6.1.d. That consent for any part of treatment may be withdrawn at any time in writing or verbally to a member of the treatment staff. Revocation of consent shall be documented on the consent form, and further treatment shall not be provided except as authorized in an emergency;
6.1.e. The reason for taking a proposed medication, including the likelihood of the consumer's condition improving or not improving without the proposed medication;
6.1.f. The type, dosage, including the use of PRN (as needed) orders, the method of administration (oral or injection), and the duration of taking the proposed medication; and
6.1.g. The common side effects, any side effects probable with the particular consumer, and additional side effects that may occur when taking the proposed medication longer than three (3) months.
6.2. In the absence of written consent, if treatment is provided to a consumer, he or she has the right to documentation of the precipitating causes for providing the treatment.
6.3. The procedures outlined in this section shall not apply to those individuals who:
6.3.a. Need life-saving medication for chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease; or
6.3.b. Have been taking medications prior to admission and have not refused to continue the medication, even though they may not be able to give informed consent.
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