- 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.
Minnesota Mental Health Resources
Minnesota PAD statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Minnesota legislature website. Refer to subdivision 6b.
Minnesota PAD statute as a pdf – see the section of the state statute that specifically refers to PADs (“a declaration of preferences or instructions regarding intrusive mental health treatment”).
Minnesota Psychiatric Advance Directive/Appointment of Health Care Proxy form – as it appears on the Minnesota Legislature website.
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