- 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.
Pennsylvania Mental Health Resources
Pennsylvania Mental Health Care statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Pennsylvania General Assembly website.
Note: Once you follow the link, you will need to scroll down to Title 20, “Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries”, and navigate to Chapter 58, “Mental Health Care”.
Mental Health Advance Directives for Pennsylvanians
This booklet from the Disabilities Law Project explains what Advance Directives are for and how to fill them out. The forms are also included in the guide.
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.