“This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful. I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it’s the best care that I’ve ever received.” Read More PAD Stories...

About PADs

  • 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.

New Jersey Mental Health Resources

New Jersey Advance Directive for Mental Health Care Act statute – click to see the statute as it appears on the New Jersey Legislature website.
Note: Once you follow the link, type in “26:2H-102” in the search bar. Refer to sections 26:2H-102 to 26:2H-125.

New Jersey Advance Directive for Mental Health Care Act as a pdf

New Jersey Advance Directives for Mental Health Care formPDF

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