What are the implications of the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) for the use of Psychiatric Advance Directives?

The 1990 Patient Self-Determination Act requires that many hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities provide you with information about developing an advance directives and/or a health care agent for your health or mental health care. This can provide you with the opportunity to decide the sorts of health or mental health care that you wish to receive should you be incapacitated at a future time. Find more information on psychiatric advance directives (PADs) here.

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