Psychiatric advance directives are an important, but often
under used, tool to ensure a consumer's participation in
his or her mental health treatment. Advance directives are
based on the principles of personal choice and self-determination.
order to educate consumers, providers and advocates on the
use of advance directives, the Mental Health Association
in Texas and the National Mental Health Association hosted
a training on advance directives in Austin on July 26, 2002.
The tool kit below contains presentations from that training,
action planning that training participants created to expand
the use of advance directives, and some helpful links to
better understand and create an advance directive.