- 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.
Advance Directive forms and instructions (link) authored by Caring Connections
Use this helpful website to learn more about general advance directives for health care. The site also contains forms for each state.