- 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.
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