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FEDERAL REGULATIONS STATES:
PATIENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND COMPLAINTS
(1) Programs shall develop and implement written policies and procedures regarding the rights and responsibilities of patients and the handling and resolution of complaints. These policies and procedures must include a written notice of rights and responsibilities provided to each patient at orientation . The required notice must contain the following items:
(a) Right to humane treatment that affords reasonable protection from harm, exploitation and coercion;
(b) Right to be free from physical and verbal use;
(c) Right to be informed about the individual treatment plan and to participate in the planning, as able;
(d) Right to be promptly informed of any changes in the plan of treatment;
(e) Right to accept or refuse people;
(f) Right to confidentiality of patient's records;
(g) Right to be informed of the program's complaint policy and procedures and the right to submit complaints without fear of discrimination or retaliation and to have them investigated by the program within a reasonable length of time;
(h) Right to receive a written notice of the address and telephone number of the state licensing authority, i.e. the department, and the right to file a complaint with the department;
(i) Right to obtain a copy of the program's most recent completed report of licensing inspection from the program upon written request. The program is not required to release a report until the program has had the opportunity to file a written plan of correction for the violations provided for in these rules; and
(j) Right to an informal review and appeal of any involuntary discharge.
(2) These policies and procedures shall also include provisions for patients and others to present complaints to the program, either orally or in writing, and to have their complaints addressed and resolved as appropriate in a timely manner.
(3) The program shall provide services in a manner that respects the rights and responsibilities of patients.
(4) The program shall post the name and phone number of the Complaint Intake Line for the Department of Human Resources and the most recent inspection report issued by the Department in an area visible to the patients.
AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROJECT
Rights and Responsibilities
1. Treatment provided will be fair and impartial regardless of race, sex, age, source of payment, and conveys a sense of dignity and trust between program and patient.
2. Treatment will be provided according to accepted clinical practice.
3. Patients will be fully informed, as evidenced by a patient’s written acknow-ledgement, at the time of admission and during ongoing treatment (once the patient is stabilized), of their rights and responsibilities, and of all the rules and regulations governing patient conduct and responsibilities. Such rights and responsibilities are posted at the treatment site and/or provided to the patient in writing and/or by tape or video or other electronic media as appropriate, and are reviewed with the patient following admission, at the end of the stabilization period, and then if any changes have occurred. Patients who are unable to read have the rules and regulations explained verbally, and such actions documented .
4. Patients will receive adequate and humane services.
5. Patients will receive services within the least restrictive, and most accom-modating environment possible. Procedures are in place to ensurethe right to a medication schedul e (dosing hours/schedule) which is most accommodating, and least intrusive and disruptive for most patients..
6. Patients will receive an individualized treatment plan, participate in the de-velopment of that plan, receive treatment based on the plan, and a periodic,
joint staff/patient review of the patient’s treatment plan.
7. The program will provide a n adequate number of competent, qualified, and experienced professional clinical staff to implement and supervise the treatment plan, consistent with patient needs.
8. Patients will be informed about alternative medications, treatment alterna-tives, alternative modalities, and scientific advances affecting treatment.
9. Patients will be informed about potential interactions with and adverse reactions to other substances, including those reactions that might result from interactions and adverse reactions to alcohol, other prescribed or over-the- counter pharmacological agents, other medical procedures, and food.
10. Patients will be encouraged and assisted throughout treatment to under-stand and exercise his/her rights as a patient, including:
a. Reporting, without fear of retribution, any instances of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of patients being served in the program.
b. A grievance and appeal process, in accordance with State laws and regulations.
c. Input into program policies and services through patient satisfaction surveys.
11. Patients will be informed regarding the financial aspects of treatment, including the consequences of nonpayment of required fees.
12. Patients will be given an assessment, acceptance into the program or, in the case of denial of admission, a full explanation and a referral to another program based upon the results of the initial assessment.
13. Programs have the responsibility to protect other patients, staff, and the public from a patient who acts out. However, programs also have a respons-ibility to determine the cause of that behavior so an appropriate referral to an alternative method of care can be made.
14. Patients have the right to communicate with program staff in confidence and to hav e confidentiality of their individually identifiable health care information protected. Patients a lso have the right to review and copy their own medical records and request amendments to their records.
1. Patients have the right to treatment that:
a. Is given with full informed consent.
b. Is individualized and participatory.
c. Responds adequately to patient needs.
d. Promotes dignity and is humane.
e. Promotes autonomy and patient responsibility.
f. Protects confidentiality.
. g. Protects and promotes overall health and well being.
2. Program administration obtains and is responsive to patient’s feedback concerning their care.
3. Programs develop and implement policies and procedures to promote and protect patient’s rights as well as their health and well being.
4. Programs must inform patients both verbally and in writing of clinic rules and regulations and patient rights and responsibilities.
5. Programs establish procedures to cooperate in the medicating of traveling patients.
The information referenced in this poster was obtained from the CSAT Guidelines for the Accreditation of Opioid Treatment Programs which can be found at http://www.samhsa.gov
Advocates For the Integration of Recovery and Methadone (AFIRM) http://www.afirmfwc.org
National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA) http://www.methadone.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment — Division of Pharmacologic Therapies http://www.samhsa.gov
Compiled and Edited: Deborah Shrira Updated: January 2008
Updated: Dee Black/Asst. Editor Last Update: October 2011