“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.

Texas Mental Health Resources

Texas PAD statute link – click to see the state statute as it appears on the Texas Legislature website.

Texas Advance Directive/Medical Power of Attorney statute link – click to see the statute as it appears on the Texas Legislature website.

Texas PAD statute as a pdfPDF

Texas Medical Power of Attorney statute as a pdfPDF

Guide to PADs in TexasPDF  A very helpful guide, developed by Disability Rights Texas

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.