- 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.
How to choose an advance directive
Advance Directive form with special focus on mental health preferences
Advance Directive form taken directly from the Virginia law
Basic Advance Directive form without additional mental health information
Alternate Advance Directive form created by Martha Jefferson Hospital