- 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.
Texas Mental Health Resources
Texas PAD statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Texas Legislature website. (Note:Once you follow the link, scroll down to “Chapter 137. Declaration for Mental Health Treatment” )
Texas Advance Directive/Medical Power of Attorney statute link
(Note:Once you follow the link, scroll down to “Chapter 166. Advance Directives)
Texas Mental Health Resources – Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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