- 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.
Colorado Mental Health Resources
HB19-1044: Advance Behavioral Health Orders Treatment – click to see the state bill as it appears on the Colorado General Assembly website.
Making Health Care Decisions: Colorado Advance Directive Guide by Kaiser Permanente
Advance directive & living will planning website from UCHealth
For more information about the recent HB19-1044 bill, refer to this summary from Mental Health Colorado
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