“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.


Use these links to view the webcasts:

Psychiatric Advance Directives – A quick introduction (3:43)

How to write a Psychiatric Advance Directive? (15:20)

Creating a Psychiatric Advance Directive Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D. (series of 5-minute videos)

What Information Goes Into Psychiatric Advance Directives? Eric B. Elbogen, Ph.D., M.L.S. (12:08)

What Families Need to Know About Psychiatric Advanced Directives Marvin Swartz, MD (19:43)

Psychiatric Advance Directives: A New Tool for Consumer Empowerment Marvin Swartz, MD; Mary Blake, CRE (74:26)

Facilitating a Psychiatric Advance Directive – a dramatization Lorna Moser PhD (39:32)