Patient Rights

 

Patient Rights

Patient Rights

 

> Be admitted to treatment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability, except for a bona fide program criteria.
> Be treated in a manner sensitive to individual needs and which promotes dignity and self respect.
> Be protected from invasion of privacy except that staff may conduct reasonable searches to detect and prevent possession or use of contraband on the premises.
> Have all clinical and personal information treated in accord with state and federal confidentiality regulations.
> Have the opportunity to review your treatment records in the presence of the agency's administrator or designee.
> Have the opportunity to have clinical contact with a same gender counselor, if requested and determined appropriate by the supervisor, either at the agency or by referral.
> Be fully informed regarding fees charged, including fees for copying records to verify treatment and methods of payment available.
> Be provided reasonable opportunity to practice the religion of choice as long as the practice does not infringe on the rights and treatment of others or the treatment service. You have the right to refuse to participate in any religious practice.
> Be allowed necessary communication: Between a minor and a custodial parent or legal guardian, with an attorney, and in an emergency situation.
> Be protected from abuse by staff or from other patients who are on agency premises including: sexual abuse or harassment, sexual or financial exploitation, racism or racial harassment, and physical abuse or punishment.
> Be fully informed and receive a copy of counselor disclosure requirements described under RCW 18.19.060.
> Receive a copy of patient grievance procedure upon request.
> In the event of agency closure or treatment service cancellation, you shall be given thirty days notice, assisted with relocation, given refunds to which you are entitled, and advised how to access records to which you are entitled.
> The agency shall obtain your consent for each release of information to another person or entity and this release shall include: Name of the consenting patient, name or designation of the provider authorized to make the disclosure, name of the person or organization to whom the information is to be released, nature of the information to be released as limited as possible, purpose of the disclosure as specific as possible, specification of the date or event on which the consent expires, a statement that the consent can be revoked at any time, except to the extent that action has been taken in reliance on it, signature of the patient or parent, guardian, or authorized representative, when required, and the date, and a statement prohibiting further disclosure unless expressly permitted by the written consent of the person to whom it pertains.
> The agency shall notify you that outside persons or organizations providing services to the agency are required by written agreement to protect your confidentiality.