Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive

A Mental Health Advance Directive is a document that says what mental health treatment you want and don't want for the future. 

This downloadable booklet contains easy to read information, the form with extensive explanatory notes, and resources for more information.  Chapters include:

  • Is a Mental Health Advance Directive Right For You?
  • Do You Need an Agent?
  • Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive
  • Mental Health Advance Directive Form and Explanatory Notes
  • Putting Your Mental Health Advance Directive to Work

Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive is available here in PDF format, and in alternative formats upon request.

The following partners shared the cost of producing this publication: the King County Bar Association Elder Law Section and Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA (Award #15SMP05397). These contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington and do not necessarily represent the official views of the King County Bar Association or SAMHSA.

This information is current as of: 
01/2015
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