“This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful. I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it’s the best care that I’ve ever received.” Read More PAD Stories...

About PADs

  • 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.

New Mexico Forms

New Mexico’s Mental Health Care Treatment Decisions Act  allows you to write instructions for your psychiatric treatment inthe event that you are incapable to make or communicate thoseinstructions. The statute also allows you to appoint an agent toinstruct mental health care professionals for you. In New Mexico, a PADis known as an “advance directive for mental health treatment”.  Thestatute includes a standard form, which is not mandatory but is recommended.