ON DEMAND: Treatment During a Mental Health Crisis: You Have Choices

Class recorded Friday, July 28, 2023 

In this class, learn how to state your (or your loved one’s) preferences for future mental health treatment in a legal document, so that if an incident results in arrest or psychiatric inpatient treatment, those preferences are provided to medical professionals, service providers, law enforcement and family and friends.  Advance planning for mental health care can protect and benefit a person who lives with mental illness, as well as their family members and loved ones.

Through a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD), a person can express their wishes regarding psychiatric and medical treatment.   PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to make choices and consider preferences for future mental health treatment.  PADs are then used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.  The instructor will discuss the purpose of a PAD, and how to prepare and finalize this important document.

Class covers:

  • The Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD): what it does and what a person needs to know in order to create one
  • What can a PAD do for a person with a mental health condition
  • What can be addressed in a PAD
  • When does a PAD go into effect
  • Naming someone to make mental health care decisions in the event of a crisis
  • Information on California laws that support the use PADs

Presented by:

Erik Nickels, Skadden Fellow, Mental Health Advocacy Services (http://mhas-la.org/)

Registration Fee: FREE

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