New SAMHSA Publication: A Practical Guide to Psychiatric Advance Directives
A psychiatric or mental health advance directive (PAD) is a legal tool that allows a person with mental illness to state their preferences for treatment in advance of a crisis. They can serve as a way to protect a person’s autonomy and ability to self-direct care. They are similar to living wills and other medical advance planning documents used in palliative care.
SAMHSA has recently released A Practical Guide to Psychiatric Advance Directives in its Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center. The report provides background and practical information to those interested in promoting the use of PADs as a tool for promoting self-directed care in psychiatric treatment, making progress toward parity in mental health treatment. It also supports crisis planning and the rights of persons who live with mental illness.