- 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.
Maryland Mental Health Resources
Maryland Psychiatric Advance Directive/Appointment of Mental Health Care Agent form
Created by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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