Psychiatric Advance Directives

Do you want more say in your mental health treatment? Would you or your loved one like to be better prepared for a mental health crisis in the future? NAMI North Carolina supports the efforts to increase public awareness of Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs), and is a leader in encouraging the development of PADs as a tool of self-advocacy and effective crisis planning.

A Psychiatric Advance Directive is a legal document that tells treatment providers your preferences for treatment in a mental health crisis. You can give consent for or decline specific future psychiatric treatment, AND/OR authorize a trusted person to make treatment decisions in a crisis, based on your written preferences (also called health care power of attorney or health care agent). If you are in a psychiatric crisis and in a state of mind where you cannot speak for yourself or communicate treatment decisions, the crisis treatment provider can activate your PAD.

Want to learn more? Click here to access a printable FAQ about PADs or contact pads@naminc.org.

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