Psychiatric Advance Directives

How do you complete your own psychiatric advance directive?

Step 4: Give out copies of your psychiatric advance directive

It's important that people know you have completed an advance directive and know where to find it. You will need to make a number of copies. Put a copy in your home where it can be easily found, and put the original in a safe place with your other important papers.

Be sure to give copies to people you trust – your agent and a trusted relative or friend. Give copies to:

Make a list of the people and places that have your advance directive and keep it with you.

Some states have created a repository – a central place to keep copies of advance directives. If your state has a repository, you should file a copy there. Check with your state’s protection and advocacy (P&A) agency or the National Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives to find out.

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