- 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
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.
District of Columbia Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.