Even if you are admitted to a mental health facility against your will, you still have rights. The facility must give you a written summary of your rights when they admit you.
Within 3 days after you are admitted, the facility must create an individual services plan for you.
An individual services plan is a written plan for your treatment. It includes:
- An assessment of your treatment needs,
- A description of the services you will receive,
- The goals of each type of service,
- The role of your family in implementing the plan,
- The amount of time that you will need services to meet your goals, and
- The name of the person or persons who are responsible for providing the services required by the plan.
The facility must review and update the individual services plan on a regular basis to make sure that it continues to meet your needs.
The facility must give you the address and phone number for the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission (GAC). The GAC is an organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. The facility must help you to contact the GAC if you request it.
Change in status
The facility must let you know whenever they try to change the legal status of your admission. It must give you a copy of the legal papers relating to the change of status.
Example: You voluntarily admit yourself, but the facility then tries to get a court order to force you to remain in the facility. The facility must give you copies of the papers they filed.
The facility must give you all notices in your own language, if you do not communicate in English. However, you will receive court pleadings and related documents only in English.
Updated: February 2018