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Advance Directives

An advance directive is a set of instructions given by an individual specifying what should be done for their health in the event that they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity, including mental illness.

Please note: This information is intended to provide resources and information about Advance Directives. NAMI Virginia does not necessarily endorse the information that is contained in these links and resources.

Virginia Advance Directive Website

A one-stop shop website that contains resources and information about advance directives.

Click here for the website.

YouTube Tutorial about Advance Directives

The video addresses three important questions: What is an AD? Why is it important? How do I get one?

Click here to access the 4-minute video.

Crisis Card

Crisis Card

Other Advance Directive Forms

Example #1- Advance Directive Form

Example #2- Advance Directive Form

Example #3 Clickable Form For Filling out Online

UVA Advance Directive Form

Other Resources

Advance Directive Toolkit

Psychiatric Advance Directive FAQ’s

Planning for Important Healthcare Decisions

Advance Directive Resources For Virginia

NAMI Virginia Advance Directive Basics


Understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives and How They Work, by Jeffrey Swanson, PhD., Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine


Virginia Advance Directives Website

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Caring Connections

VOCAL Virginia (WRAP program)

Mental Health America of Virginia

DisAbility Law Center of Virginia

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