Advocacy & Laws
Beneficial to complete a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD), in which a person living with mental illness details what treatments they do and do not want if they are ill, can make helping a loved one much easier. PADs often include power of attorney (POA), which allows someone else to carry out these wishes when necessary. Information and forms for PADs in every state can found at the National Resource Center for Psychiatric Advance Directives at http://www.nrc-pad.org/state-by-state. While these plans can often be completed without a lawyer, it is best to consult an attorney to ensure that the forms are accurate, up-to-date, and that the wishes of the person with mental illness are documented correctly.