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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Getting Started


Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment, in preparation for the possibility that the person may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.

Almost all states permit some form of legal advance directive (AD) for healthcare, which can be used to direct at least some forms of psychiatric treatment. In the past decade, twenty-five states have adopted specific PAD statutes.

"How to write a Psychiatric Advance Directive?" View webcast (15:04)

What are Psychiatric Advance Directives? View PDF Adobe Acrobat

Overview of Psychiatric Advance Directives in the United States View PDF Adobe Acrobat

Type of PADs  Adobe Acrobat

Federal Law on Advance Directives View PDFAdobe Acrobat

"Introducing Psychiatric Advance Directives" Marvin Swartz, M.D. View webcast (17:41)

"What Information Goes Into Psychiatric Advance Directives?" Eric B. Elbogen, Ph.D., M.L.S. View webcast (12:07)

"Federal Law on Advance Directives: The Patient Self-Determination Act" Chris Koyonagi. View webcast (14:10)