The following are listed as the RIGHTS OF ALL CONSUMERS under the New Jersey Community Mental Health Services Act as revised September, 1980, and the Federal Health Insurance and Portability and Accessibility Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
- The right to privacy, dignity and respect.
- The right to care that takes into consideration a consumer's personal value and belief system.
- The right to agree to all procedures used and to refuse any treatment recommendations.
- The right to participate in his/her treatment.
- The right to be involved in the resolution of ethical issues that arise regarding treatment.
- Consumers twelve years of age or older are allowed to participate in treatment planning.
- The right to the least restrictive conditions necessary to achieve the goals of treatment/service.
- The right of treatment in the least restrictive setting.
- The right not to be subjected to non-standard treatment, or procedures, or experimental procedures of research or provider demonstration programs without written informed consent after consultation with counsel or interested third party of the consumer's choice.
- The right to be free from unnecessary or excessive medication.
- The right to be given medication only with consent and when necessary.
- The right to be free from corporal punishment.
- The right to be treated as a competent individual.
- The right to confidentiality and privacy of your treatment and any record of your treatment, to control who has access to your treatment record, and to know who has accessed your treatment record.
- All consumers who request services from this agency shall be subject to the same (uniform) intake procedure and there will be no discrimination with respect to race, creed, national origin, language, handicap, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age or sex.
- If an interpreter is needed, in cluding a sign language interpreter, the agency will attempt to provide one. In cases where an interpreter cannot be provided, a referral will be given to another appropriate agency whenever possible.
- In addition, those programs licensed under the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addicition Services, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is required to give priority treatment to pregnant women and anyone abusing IV drugs.
The above rights may not be denied under any circumstances. No consumer shall be deprived of any civil right soley by reason of his/her receiving therapeutic services, nor shall such services modify or vary any legal or civil right of any consumer.