PAD Stories

"This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful.  I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it's the best care that I've ever received."

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How does this law apply to mental health?

Individuals with mental illness have equal rights under this law with other users of health care.  They may establish an advance directive for health care (generally this is used for end-of-life care), or establish a health care agent for health care.

In addition, this law can be used to establish an advance directive for mental health care, to be used in the event the person becomes incapacitated, and/or to appoint an agent for mental health care.   Individuals with mental illness are empowered to make advance decisions concerning their health-care needs when they are incapacitated.