“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.

Oregon Mental Health Resources

Oregon PAD statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Oregon Legislature website.

Oregon PAD statute as a pdfPDF

Oregon Psychiatric Advance Directive/Appointment of Mental Health Care Representative form PDF

“Can I Plan Now for the Mental Health Treatment I Would Want if I Were in a Crisis?”PDF
A helpful guide, created by Oregon Department of Human Services, that includes answers to frequently asked questions,  official forms you can use, and instructions.

Oregon Mental Health Resources –  Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

If you know of any relevant current legislation, pending legislation, or general issues of interest relating to psychiatric advance directives in your state, click here to contact us.