This webinar introduces the concept of Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADS), which are legal documents that permit persons with mental illnesses to declare their preferences, instructions and consent for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision maker in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. Twenty-seven states have enacted statutes supporting these directives since the 1990’s and implementation of these laws is a federal requirement for mental health facilities and clinics receiving federal funding. Despite this, education about PADs and resources to assist with implementation have been scarce. The presentation will also present information on their potential use and resources to aid in implementation.
Hosted in collaboration with the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network