“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.

Pennsylvania Mental Health Resources

Pennsylvania PAD statute Link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Pennsylvania General Assembly website.

Pennsylvania PAD statute as a pdf  

Guide: “Mental Health Advance Directives for Pennsylvanians” PDF
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.

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.