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Psychiatric Advance Directives
Understanding the Issue:

Psychiatric Advance Directives: An Overview
Basic facts about psychiatric advance directives.

NAMI's Position on the Issue:

NAMI's Position on Psychiatric Advance Directives
PADs should be considered as a way to empower consumers to take a more active role in their treatment, and as a way to avoid conflicts over treatment and medication issues.

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Other Resources:

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives (NRC-PAD)
The NRC-PAD provides consumers with mental illness, their family members, clinicians, and policy-makers with key information about PADs, including PAD forms, links to statutes, educational webcasts, discussion forums, FAQs, and current research.

States with Psychiatric Advance Directives
List of states that have specifically authorized PADs as of June 1, 2003, with links for more information.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Forms for creating psychiatric advance directives, FAQs, an informational folder "Power in Planning: Self Determination through Advance Directives"

NMHA Psychiatric Advance Directives Toolkit
Resources from the National Mental Health Association

Advance Directives
An article by Ron Honberg, NAMI's National Director for Policy and Legal Affairs