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What Are My Rights?
ddnos posted:
I saw this and thought it might be good to post - will also post under resources. This is for anyone recieving public mental health services.

As a person recieving public mental health services, What are my rights?

You Can Exercise the Following Rights:

1. To be treated with respect and dignity

2. To have your privacy protected

3. To help develop a plan of care and services that meet your needs

4. To participate in decisions regarding your mental health care

5. To recieve services in a barrier-free location (accessible)

6. To request information about names, location, phone numbers, and languages for local agencies

7. The right to receive the amount and duration of services you need

8. To request information about the structure and operation of the RSN

9. The right to services within 2 hrs for emergency care and 24 hrs for urgent care

10. To be free from use of seclusion or restraints

11. To receive age and cultrurally appropriate services

12. To be provided a certified interpreter and translated material at no cost to you

13. To understand available treatment options and alternatives

14. To refuse any proposed treatment

15. To receive care that does not discriminate against you (e.g. age, race, type of illness)

16. To be free of any sexual exploitation or harassment

17. To receive an explanation of all medications prescribed and possible side effects

18. To make an advance directive, which states your choices and prefrences for mental health care

19. To receive quality services that are medically necessary

20. To have a second opinion from a mental health professional

21. To file a grievance with your agency or RSN

22. To file a PIHP appeal based on a PIHP written Notice of Action

23. To choose a mental health care provider or choose one for your child who is under thirteen years of age

24. To change mental health care providers during the first 30 days, and sometimes more often

25. To file a request fo an adminstrative (fair) hearing

26. To request and receive a copy of your medical records and ask for changes

27. Be free from retaliation
Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different --Unknown
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thank u ddnos..........I like it
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