- 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.
District of Columbia Mental Health Resources
District of Columbia Durable Power of Attorney statute link – click to see the statute online.
Note: Once you follow the link, follow Division III > Title 21 > Chapter 22 > Subchapter I to view the legislation.
Although District of Columbia does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in the District of Columbia 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.