- 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.
Virginia Mental Health Resources
Virginia Health Care Decisions Act – Click here to see the statute as it appears on the Virginia General Assembly website
Although Virginia does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in Virginia at the Caring Connections website.
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.