Creating a Psychiatric Directive

This resource was selected by SMI Adviser content partners and approved by the SMI Adviser clinical expert team for inclusion in the knowledge base.

This series of 5-minute videos gives helpful information on how to think about a psychiatric advance directive (PAD), complete the legal documents involved, or assist another person in the process. The videos include practical tips on selecting a health care agent, summarizing illness and treatment history, documenting medication and hospital preferences, and what to do after completing the documents to make sure they’ll be used in the event of a future mental health crisis. The suggestions offered in the videos are most consistent with North Carolina’s advance directive laws, but would generally apply to completing these documents in other states as well.

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