Your Treatment Rights

You have the right to be told why you are being treated, what your treatment is, and how much you will be charged for your treatment.  You have the right to participate in the development of your plan of service and to involve family members, friends, advocates and professionals of your choice in the development process.  Justification for the exclusion of a person of your choice must be documented in your case record.

 

You have the right to have your plan of service developed within seven days of commencement of services, or before discharge or release if you are hospitalized less than seven days.  You have the right to choose, within certain limitations, the physician or other mental health professionals that provide services to you, if you receive services from a community mental health services program or licensed hospital.

 

You have the right to be informed of your progress, both orally and in writing at reasonable intervals and in a manner appropriate to your condition.  You have the right to not have surgery unless:

 

  • consent is obtained from you, your guardian with legal authority to consent to surgery, or your parent with legal and physical custody if you are under the age of 18;
  • a representative authorized to give consent under a durable power of attorney or other advance directive;
  • your life is in danger if surgery is not performed, there is no appropriate person available to give consent and the necessity for the surgery is documented in your record; or
  • surgery is necessary, there is no appropriate person available to give consent and the probate court consents to the surgery.

 

You have the right to have notice of available family planning and health information services and if you ask, to have staff provide you education and information on family planning and health.  You have the right to have staff help you get spiritual treatment if you ask for it.

 

You have the right to receive treatment in a place where you have as much freedom as your condition allows.  You have the right to not have electroconvulsive therapy or other procedures intended to produce convulsions or coma, unless consent is obtained from:

 

  • you or your guardian who has legal authority to consent to electroconvulsive therapy;
  • if you are under 18 years of age, your parent with legal and physical custody or
  • a representative authorized to consent to electroconvulsive therapy under a durable power of attorney or other advance directive.

 

If you have been denied services you are entitled to receive a second opinion.  This request is made to the executive director of the community mental health service program.

 

If you have questions about your treatment rights, contact the Office of Recipient Rights at the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency at 313-833-2500.

 

Phone code: 1430