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.
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
Advance Directive Toolkit
Psychiatric Advance Directive FAQ’s
Planning for Important Healthcare Decisions
Advance Directive Resources For Virginia
Materials on Advance Directives from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
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
VOCAL Virginia (WRAP program)
Mental Health America of Virginia
DisAbility Law Center of Virginia