- 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 Mental Health Resources
New Mexico Mental Health Care Treatment Decisions statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the New Mexico Compilation Commission website, the official legal publisher for the state of New Mexico.
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