Have a Legal Plan
A person with schizophrenia may go through periods when he or she is too ill to understand the need for treatment, according to NAMI. Because of this, you should have a legal document — called a psychiatric advance directive — that spells out what to do in that situation. “An advance directive should specify what hospital to go to, what doctor to call, and what family member is making decisions,” Savageau says. “It must be legal and binding.” You can access specific state-by-state information on these legal documents on the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives Web site.