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Psychiatric Advance Directives: Supporting Voice and Choice in Mental Health Crisis Settings

Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are legal tools that give people living with mental illness voice and choice in crisis situations. There are laws that support their use in 27 states, and in all states psychiatric advance directives can be created under general advance care planning statutes. They have been shown to reduce the need for involuntary commitment, and to improve communication between people with mental illness, medical providers, and social support networks. However, they are not widely used.

This webinar highlights the work of the Crisis Navigation Project in North Carolina, a collaborative effort between Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, Duke University Medical Center, and NAMI North Carolina to promote the use of PADs through a variety of educational and community engagement initiatives.


Related Topics

  • Legal (Justice Systems, Incarcerated Family Support)
  • Mental Health
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