- 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.
Tennessee Mental Health Resources
Tennessee Declarations for Mental Health Treatment statute link – click to see the statute as it appears online.
Note: Once you follow the link, scroll down to Title 33 > Chapter 6 > Part 10 to view the legislation.
Tennessee Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care statute link – click to see the statute as it appears online.
Note: Once you follow the link, scroll down to Title 34 > Chapter 6 > Part 2 to view the legislation.
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