- 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 PAD statute Link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Pennsylvania General Assembly website.
Guide: “Mental Health Advance Directives for Pennsylvanians”
This very helpful guide explains in detail what the forms are for and how to fill them out. The forms are also included in the guide.
Pennsylvania Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Find helpful information at this website provided by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania.
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