“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.

Washington Mental Health Resources

Washington PAD statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Washington Legislature  website.

 Washington PAD statute as a pdfPDF

 Washington Psychiatric Advance Directive/Appointment of Mental Health Care Agent formPDF 

Mental Health Advance Directives –  Find helpful information at this website provided by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Washington State Hospital Association FAQs on PADs  PDF

 Washington Mental Health Resources –  Find helpful information at this website provided by the National Substance  Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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