Advance Health Care Directives

Advance Health Care Directives for planning mental health care are legal documents that individuals can create to specify in advance their preferred course of treatment if they should experience a mental health crisis.

  • The National Resource Center for Psychiatric Advance Directives (NRC-PAD) External site disclaimer, developed by psychiatric and legal experts at Duke University Medical Center and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, offers state-by-state information about advance directives laws, instructions and forms, discussion forums, educational webcasts, current research and useful links.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Advance Directives External site disclaimer
  • Maine Disability Rights Center's manual entitled Advance Health Care Directives: For Planning Mental Health Care is available by calling 1-800-452-1948 or emailing DRC at or download the publications using the link below.
  • Disability Rights Maine (DRM) External site disclaimer
    Disability Rights Maine (DRM) is Maine's protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. It is a non-profit agency, independent of state and federal government. DRM makes available for download a variety of basic guides explaining the rights of people with disabilities related to housing, employment, and mental health treatment.