- 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 Dakota Mental Health Resources
North Dakota statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the North Dakota Legislature website.
North Dakota Health Care Directive statute as a pdf
North Dakota Optional Health Care Directive Form – The suggested form as it appears in the state statute.
You can learn more about general advance directives for health care in North Dakota at the Caring Connections website.
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.