- 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.
Pennsylvania provides three different form options:
- A Mental Health Care Declaration Form
- A Mental Health Power of Attorney Form
- A Combined Mental Health Declaration and Power of Attorney Form
Click on any of the forms above to view them.
For an explanation and directions on how to fill out these forms, check out the “Mental Health Advance Directives for Pennsylvanians” guide. All three forms are included in the guide.