- 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.
Hawaii Mental Health Resources
In Hawaii, you can complete an “advance mental health directive” that expresses your preferences and instructions about your mental health treatment. Within this directive, you can also designate an “agent” to make mental health care and mental health treatment decisions on your behalf when you lack capacity. Use the links below to learn more.
Hawaii Advance Mental Health Care Directives statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Hawaii State Legislature website.
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