- 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.
Alabama Mental Health Resources
Alabama Advance Directive for Health Care; living will and health care proxy statute link – click to see the statute as it appears on the Alabama Legislature website.
Note: Once you follow the link, you will need to click on Title 22 > Title 1 > Section 22-8A-4 to see the act
Advance Directive forms and instructions 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.
If you know of any relevant current legislation, pending legislation, or general issues of interest relating to psychiatric advance directives in your state, click here to contact us.