Mental Health Advance Directives
A Mental Health Advance Directive, or MHAD, allows you to write down your mental health treatment choices while you are well so that your treatment providers will know your preferences if there is ever a time when you are not well.
Many of the instructions included in your MHAD are legally binding and must be honored by your treatment team.
An MHAD May Include:
Informed consent to specific mental health treatments including medications and ECT.
Refusal of specific mental health treatments including medications and ECT.
Information about which treatments have worked well for you in the past and which have not worked for you.
Emergency contact information.
Instructions about who will care for your children, pets, or property while you seek treatment.
Anything else that you would like your treatment team to know.
Having an MHAD May Help You To:
Exercise more control over your treatment plan.
Feel more comfortable seeking treatment when you feel that you need it.
Get better treatment faster, because you can include information about which treatments have worked well for you in the past.
Communicate your treatment preferences and other important information with your support team.
An MHAD Must Be Signed and Dated
In Front Of Two Witnesses.
The two witnesses must also sign the form. It is then valid for two years.
For more information or assistance, contact the MHAD Hotline.
Download MHAD Forms.