“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 Mental Health Resources

New Mexico PAD statute link PDF Click to see the state statute as it appears on the New Mexico State Legislature website. Note: after following the link, enter “advance directive” in the search bar at the top of the page. 

New Mexico PAD Statute as a PDF PDF

New Mexico Psychiatric Advance Directive/Appointment of Mental Health Care Agent formPDF

New Mexico Mental Health Resources PDF Find helpful information at this website provided by the NationalSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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