“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.

Connecticut Mental Health Resources

Connecticut Living Will/Appointment of Health Care Agent statute link  – The statute as it appears on the Connecticut state legislature website. 

Although Connecticut does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in Connecticut at the Caring Connections website. 

Connecticut Mental Health Resources –  Find helpful information at this website provided by the NationalSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

If you know of any relevant current legislation, pendinglegislation, or general issues of interest relating to psychiatricadvance directives in your state, click here to contact us.