- 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.
Maryland Mental Health Resources
Maryland Advance Directive for Mental Health Services statute link – click to see the statute as it appears on the Maryland General Assembly website.
Note: Once you follow the link, select “Health – General (ghg)” from “Article” and choose any of the sections from 5-601 to 5-604 to view the legislation.
Maryland Advance Directive for Mental Health Treatment form – Created by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Maryland Advance Directive: Planning for Future Health Care Decisions – A guide on Maryland law for health care decisions from the Maryland Attorney General. More information about advance directives can be found here.
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