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Psychiatric Advanced Directives (PAD’s)

What is a PAD?

A Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) is a legal document written by a currently competent person who lives with a mental illness. It describes the person’s mental health treatment preferences, or names an agent to make treatment decisions for the individual, should he or she become unable to make such decisions due to psychiatric illness.

What are the benefits of a PAD?

Creating a PAD allows an individual living with mental illness plan for a future mental health crisis. In this document you can state your treatment choices in advance, before a time when you might be incapable of making decisions or communicating effectively. A PAD permits you to plan for, consent to, or refuse treatment, such as: 

  • psychiatric medications
  • hospitalization
  • alternatives to hospitalization
  • seclusion and restraint
  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Where can I get help preparing a Psychiatric Advanced Directive?

Our Peer Specialists have been trained to help people prepare Psychiatric Advanced Directives.

Call Amy at 804-751-2297

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