AN OVERVIEW oF PATIENT RIGHTS
A BROCHURE FOR PATIENTS OF THE SOUTH
CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY AREA MENTAL HEALTH
George P. Gintoli
Director of Mental Health
MAJOR POINTS WHICH YOU NEED TO KNOW REGARDING YOUR
RIGHTS WHILE YOU ARE A PATIENT IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM OF THE
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
- You have a right to be informed of your rights.
- You have right to be informed regarding methods of
resolving possible violations of your rights.
- You may seek advice and assistance from the Client
- You may contact an attorney of your choice.
- You are entitled to a safe and humane environment.
- You have a right to as much freedom of movement as
possible. This right may be limited only when it is necessary for the
protection of yourself, others, and the community.
- You have the right to refuse therapy unless
required by law.
- You have a right to participate in the formulation
of your treatment plan and to know the names of the staff members
responsible for your care.
- You have a right to recognized psychiatric
treatment. This right includes receiving information regarding risks,
side effects, and anticipated benefits of all medication and treatment.
- You have the right to refuse participation in any
research project and to refuse non-standard psychiatric treatment.
- You have a right to know the cost of your
treatment and to know the source of any assistance available in meeting
- You have a right to have all information
concerning your treatment kept confidential except when State law
- You may report any suspected abuse or neglect or
exploitation of patients without fear or reprisal.
- In exercising your rights, you may not infringe on
the rights of others. You also have certain basic responsibilities and
you have a right to know what is expected of you.
*If you are a minor 15 years of age or younger an
authorized person may exercise these rights on your behalf.
- Ask questions when you do not understand what is
happening to you.
- Let a member of the staff know when you have a
problem or feel sick.
- Take part in planning and participating in your
own therapy and treatment program and provide information concerning
your medical history.
- Attend scheduled activities and keep appointments.
- Show respect for the property and rights of
- Keep yourself clean and dressed (insofar as you
are physically able).
- Obey the laws which apply to all citizens.
- Be familiar with and observe the rules and
policies of your center.
- Accept responsibility for your actions.
- Cooperate in the goal of the achieving self
sufficiency in the management of your every day living.
If you feel your rights
are being violated, you should talk to your assigned center staff. If you
are unable to get the matter resolved, you may register a complaint with
the local center advocate.
You may also contact the
Client Advocacy Program at the Department of Mental Health.
South Carolina Department
of Mental Health
Client Advocacy Program
P.O. Box 485
Columbia, SC 29202
Toll Free: 1-866-300-9330
NOV. 93 (REV. JAN. 2001) N-281
Return to Client
Advocacy Table of Contents
Search the Site|