Patient Rights

As you look at treatment options, keep in mind that you have a right to expect certain things, no matter who you are, what challenges you are facing, or how much money you have.

You have a right to:

  • have your records protected by confidentiality and not be released to others without your permission, except when state law gives permission.
  • participate in developing your treatment plan.
  • be treated with respect and without any abuse or discrimination.
  • sensitivity to your needs and background.
  • an explanation of the treatment you are receiving and why.
  • information about any treatment's expected results and any possible side-effects that may occur.
  • express yourself.
  • report any concerns regarding services or staff to a supervisor.
  • find another professional if you aren't satisfied with your treatment or don't think it's working as well as it should.
  • request a second opinion of your diagnosis or treatment.

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