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Rights and Advocacy

Every person who receives public mental health services has certain rights to protect them.  Your rights specific to mental health services are identified in the Michigan Mental Health Code, the law that governs the delivery of public mental health and developmental disability services in Michigan.  Sometimes, these are called “Code-protected rights.” 

Some of your rights include:

· the right to be free from abuse and neglect
· the right to confidentiality (privacy)
· the right to be treated with dignity and respect
· the right to services that meet your needs 

You have many other rights specific to your mental health services.  More information about your rights is contained in the booklet titled “Your Rights when Receiving Mental Health Services in Michigan.”  You will receive this booklet, and have your rights explained to you, when you first start services, and then once every year.  You may ask for this booklet, or ask questions about your rights, at any time. 

If you use public mental health or substance abuse services, you are free to exercise your rights,  and to use the rights protection system, without fear of retaliation, harassment, or discrimination. MCCMH staff and contractors will not take action against you if you use the Office of Recipient Rights,  You do not need permission from anyone at MCCMH to use the Office of Recipient Rights or to take other action about a concern.  You may do so at any time.

To learn more about your rights, call the Office of Recipient Rights at 586-469-6528 and ask to speak with a Rights Advisor.  Your calls to the Office of Recipient Rights are confidential.