- 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.
Louisiana Mental Health Resources
Louisiana Advance Directives for Mental Health Treatment statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Louisiana State Legislature website.
Note: Once you follow the link, scroll down to Title 28 (“Mental Health”) > Sections 28:221-236 to view the legislation.
Louisiana Psychiatric Advance Directive/Appointment of Mental Health Treatment Representative form – Created by the Office of Mental Health and the Mental Health Advocacy Service of Louisiana and made available by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
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