- 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)
Creating a Psychiatric Advance Directive Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D. (series of 5-minute videos)
Introducing Psychiatric Advance Directives* Marvin Swartz, M.D. (17:41)
What Information Goes Into Psychiatric Advance Directives? Eric B. Elbogen, Ph.D., M.L.S. (12:08)
Federal Law on Advance Directives: The Patient Self-Determination Act* Chris Koyonagi. (14:10)
What Families Need to Know About Psychiatric Advanced Directives Marvin Swartz, MD (19:43)
Psychiatric Advance Directives: What Every Consumer Needs to Know* Mary Blake, Public Health Advisor (54:13)
Psychiatric Advance Directives: A New Tool for Consumer Empowerment Marvin Swartz, MD; Mary Blake, CRE (74:26)
* requires Flash, cannot be viewed on an iPad or iPhone