- 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.
There is no official form for appointing an agent, but you must create a written document. A helpful example of a form, which you may wish to use or adapt, is available here.
Although Colorado does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in Colorado at the Caring Connections website.