“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.

North Carolina Mental Health Resources

North Carolina Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the North Carolina General Assembly website.
Note: Once you follow the link, scroll down to G.S. 122C-71 – 79. 

North Carolina Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment statute as a pdfPDF

North Carolina Psychiatric Advance Directive formPDF

North Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney formPDF

Consumer Guide / Clinician Guide / Family GuidePDF – Helpful guides for filling out PADs in North Carolina.

Register your PAD with the North Carolina Advance Health Care Directive Registry

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.