“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.

NRC-PAD Advisory Board

Paul S. Appelbaum, MD
Professor & Director
Division of Psychiatry, Law & Ethics
Department of Psychiatry – Columbia University
NY State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, #122
New York, NY 10032

Richard J. Bonnie, LLB
Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
University of Virginia School of Law
580 Massie Road, Rm WB179D
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Ken Duckworth, MD
Medical Director – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
950 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02141

Robert W. Glover, PhD
Executive Director
National Assoc. of State Mental Health Program Directors
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314

Nancy M.P. King, JD
Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy
Director, Program in Bioethics, Health, and Society
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27517

John Monahan, PhD
John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
580 Massie Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903-1789

Harvey Rosenthal
Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (NYAPRS)
1 Columbia Place
Albany, NY 12207

Delaney Ruston, MD
President, MyDoc Productions, LLC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Population & Preventative Medicine
Stony Brook University
Neighborcare Health at Columbia
4400 37th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Debra S. Srebnik, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine
King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
401 5th Ave Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104