“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.

Alabama Mental Health Resources

Alabama Advance Directive for Health Care; living will and health care proxy statute link – click to see the statute as it appears on the Alabama Legislature website.
Note: Once you follow the link, you will need to click on Title 22 > Title 1 > Section 22-8A-4 to see the act 

Alabama Advance Directive for Health Care, living will and health care proxy statute as a pdfPDF

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