- 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.
Massachusetts Mental Health Resources
Massachusetts Health Care Proxy statute link
The statute as it appears on the state legislature website
Massachusetts Health Care Proxy form
Link to the Massachusetts Medical Society website, which provides a sample form with instructions
Although Massachusetts does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in Massachusetts at the Caring Connections website.
Massachusetts Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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