- 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.
Iowa Mental Health Resources
Iowa Life-Sustaining Procedures and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care statute link – click to see the state statutes as they appear on the Iowa legislature website.
Note: Once you follow the link, you will need to scroll down to Sections 144A and 144B to view the legislation.
Although Iowa does not currently have a specific statute for a psychiatric advance directive, you can learn more about general advance directives for health care in Iowa at the Caring Connections website.
If you know of any relevant current legislation, pending legislation, or general issues of interest relating to psychiatric advance directives in your state, click here to contact us.