- A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
- PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to consider preferences for future mental health treatment.
- PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.
In the News
- Kansas Mental Health Advocates to Push for Psychiatric Advance Directives
- Bill Would Allow Medicaid Funding for Mental Health ‘Clubhouse’ Programs
- Advocates Promote Guardianship Alternatives for Adults with Disabilities
- Families Offer Praise, Ideas for Reforming NC’s Guardianship Process
- CCHR Florida Educates the Public on Human Rights Issues
- Helping Patients Understand Mental Health Treatment Options
- Taking Issue: The Thermodynamics of Behavioral Health Care
- Helping college students: PADs on campus
- Plugged In: Mental health advocates add a twist to the state’s end-of-life laws
- Warning Signals
- Psychiatric Advance Directives: A tool for patients and clinicians
- Psychiatric Advance Directives Said to Promote Patient Autonomy, Improve Care
- Helping Mental Patients Gain Some Control Over Treatment
- “In Case of Psychiatric Crisis, Read This”
- Va. Studies *Directives* Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care
- Virginia examines mental health care system
- “Get It in Writing – Psychiatric Advance Directives”
- “Off to College Alone, Shadowed by Mental Illness”
- “Pennsylvanians Can Now Prepare Advance Mental Health Directives”
- “Psychiatric Advance Directive?”