- 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.
“How to Make Decisions About Your Mental Health Treatment Ahead of Time”
Developed by the Ohio Legal Rights Service, the purpose of this workbook is to give you information about Advance Directives – specifically about the “Declaration for Mental Health Treatment” – and to guide
you through the process of deciding if you want one or need one.