National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives (NRC-PAD)
Psychiatric advance directives are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person's specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment.  Psychiatric advance directives can be used to plan for the possibility that someone may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.





Featured Policy Report: Child Adolescent Health and Health Care: Measuring What Matters

In the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Congress directed the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) to evaluate the state of efforts to measure child and adolescent health and the quality of their health care services. Dr. Barbara J. Burns serves on the IOM Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures.