Psychiatric Advance Directive

A psychiatric advance directive is much the same as a medical advance directive, except that it makes provisions for a person's mental health care. The document is written during times of no psychosis or mental defect, and is used when the patient can no longer make health care decisions for him or her self. The psychiatric advance directive allows the patient to make treatment preferences known.

Fast Facts:

  • Psychiatric advance directives are not recognized in all states.
  • The advance directive allows you to name another person who will make decisions for your care in the event that you are unable to do so.
  • You may download psychiatric advance directive forms online. You will need to fill out the proper paperwork and have it signed by witnesses and a notary.

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