Patients and Guests Guide - Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Psychiatric Patients have the rights:

  • To receive tests or evaluations to help our staff plan for your treatment. Treatment should be given to you as quickly as possible. All tests and treatment should be explained to you in a way you can understand them.
  • To be treated with respect and care.
  • To not be given any experimental or investigational treatment unless you, your parent(s) or guardian(s) have agreed to it ahead of time, in writing, based on all of the available information.
  • To ask for another opinion from a private physician about your treatment. This will be at your or your guardian’s expense. Also if your treatment involves potentially dangerous results, you may ask for someone impartial to review it. In an emergency, however, this may not be possible.
  • To be given as much freedom as you can responsibly handle by our staff, within the limitations of your treatment program.
  • To be allowed to send and receive letter mail unless your doctor/therapist states in writing in your chart that this would be harmful to your treatment program.
  • To be allowed to have private telephone conversations with your family and friends unless your doctor/therapist believes this would be harmful to your treatment program.
  • To be able to have visits with your family and friends unless your doctor/therapist states in writing in your chart that, for treatment reasons, this would be harmful to your treatment program.
  • To refuse to be studied by physicians and scientists doing research projects and still receive the treatment you need.
  • To have and use your own personal clothing and other personal items unless your doctor/therapist states in writing in your record why possession of such things would be harmful to you or others.
  • To have someone impartial review the situation in due process.
  • To appropriate assessment and management of pain.
  • To be free from seclusion and restraint, of any form, that are not medically necessary.

Psychiatric Patients have the responsibilities:

  • To provide accurate and complete information, to the best of your knowledge, about matters relating to your health. All patients and families are responsible for reporting perceived risks in their care and unexpected changes in the patient’s condition.
  • To notify your physician or the nurse manager that you do not understand and need further explanation concerning your diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
  • To let your physician or nurse know if you are receiving too many visitors form outside the facility.
  • To respect the privacy of other patients.
  • To abide by the smoking policy of the facility where you are a patient.
  • To cooperated and follow the care prescribed for you.
  • To let us know if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your care or if you feel that any of your rights have been violated. You may do this through your physician, nurse manager or by calling the telephone number designated for this purpose at the facility in which you are a patient.
  • To let us know if you are in pain.