- 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.
North Dakota Mental Health Resources
North Dakota Health Care Directive statute – The statute as it appears on the state legislature website
North Dakota Optional Health Care Directive Form – The suggested form as it appears in the state statute
You can learn more about general advance directives for health care in North Dakota at the Caring Connections website.
North Dakota Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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