“This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful. I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it’s the best care that I’ve ever received.” Read More PAD Stories...

About PADs

  • 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.

Colorado Mental Health Resources

Colorado Medical Durable Power of Attorney statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Colorado Legal Resources website, the official legal publisher of the Colorado Revised Statutes. 

Colorado Medical Durable Power of Attorney as a pdfImage

Making Health Care Decisions: Colorado Advance Directive GuideImage by Kaiser Permanente 

Advance directive & living will planning website from UCHealth.org

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. 

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.