Your Treatment Rights

  • To have your family included to learn about your mental illness, and to participate in and to have a periodic review of your treatment, especially in decisions about discharge and/or aftercare planning.
  • To receive the appropriate level of care in the least restrictive setting, after an informed consent is signed.
  • To know the nature and type of treatment options and services that might benefit you and to receive information about Ridgeview’s clinical practice guidelines and services in understandable/effective communication.
  • To request the opinion of a consultant, at your expense.
  • To refuse treatment/therapeutic activity and know what might happen without treatment, except in the case of an emergency or court order.
  • To have competent professional staff and to choose or refuse providers within the network.
  • To get a list and be informed of risks, benefits, side effects of medication and treatment procedures, and unanticipated outcomes of treatment/service.
  • To refuse to participate in research projects or experimental medication/treatment without compromising your rights to service.
  • To refuse the use of audio and/or visual techniques to record or observe activities during treatment unless written and signed consent is given. You may change your decision at any time.
  • To have pain assessed and managed appropriately.
  • To be notified of discharge rights and how to appeal clinical or administrative decisions.
  • To refuse to participate in surveys/outcome measures.
  • To be consulted about the types of mental health care you receive if you become sick: Declaration for Mental Health, Advance Directives, and Health Care Power of Attorney.
  • To confidential and secure records, unless court ordered, otherwise permitted to be viewed by law, you give consent for them to be shared, or there is an emergency.
  • To inspect and receive a copy of your record, at your own expense, unless this would be harmful to you.
  • To ask for a correction of your record if you feel mistakes have been made. You also may place a statement in your record about what you think the error may be.