- 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.
California Mental Health Resources
California Health Care Decisions Law statute link – the statute as it appears on the California state legislature website Note: Once you follow the link, scroll down the page to Division 4.7 (or 4600 if you follow the section numbers) entitled “Health Care Decisions”.
Although California does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in California at the Caring Connections website.
California Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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