There will be times when you advocate for a person where you must have a basic understanding of their rights under the law. An advocate is not an attorney, but knowing the rights of the people you work with will aid you in determining whether or not legal consultation is needed in their situation. Under no circumstances should anyone other than a lawyer offer legal advice to anyone. However, you can inform the person you are working with that you believe their rights may have been violated and encourage them to seek more information from a legal professional.
Patient Rights & Laws – Connecticut
You are entitled to be treated in a humane and dignified way at all times, with full respect to:
Personal Dignity – Right to Privacy – Right to Personal Property – Civil Rights
You have the right be free from physical or mental abuse or harm. You have the right to a written treatment plan developed with your input and suited to your own personal needs, goals and aspirations. You should be informed of your rights by the institution, agency or program. In addition, a list of your rights must be posted on each ward of a hospital.
Direct Link to entire document: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DMHAS/Publications/patientrightsengpdf.pdf?la=en
Sec. 17a-500. (Formerly Sec. 17-180). Maintenance and confidentiality of records of cases of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Exchange of information concerning commitment or admission status of firearm permit or certificate applicants and holders.
Sec. 17a-502. (Formerly Sec. 17-183). Commitment under emergency certificate. Examination of patient. Explanation of rights. Hearing. Private hospitals’ notification to commissioner. Immediate discharge of patient. Notification of next of kin. Prohibited commitments to chronic disease hospitals.
Sec. 17a-503. (Formerly Sec. 17-183a). Detention by police officer prior to commitment. Issuance of emergency certificates by psychologist and certain clinical social workers and advanced practice registered nurses.
Sec. 17a-517. (Formerly Sec. 17-194g). Hospitalization of individual with psychiatric disability in Whiting Forensic Hospital. Exception. Limitation of placement of inmate requiring maximum security conditions.
Patient Rights & Laws – National
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Title I – Employment
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Title II – State and Local Governments
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Title III – Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
Family and Medical Leave Act – U.S. Department of Labor:The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
Using the FMLA for Rehab – in the United States, only about one in ten people in need of rehab actually receive treatment. One of the main concerns that prevent people from getting the help they need is the concern of losing their jobs. Addiction is a serious medical issue and is therefore covered by FMLA and it’s unfortunate that not a lot of people are aware of this. This resource was shared with us by a Community Outreach Specialist with AddictionResource.net
The guide can be found at: www.addictionresource.
Service Animal Requirements – U.S. Department of Justice
Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA – U.S. Department of Justice
Service Animals (Including Emotional Support Animals) – U.S. Department of Transpertation
Animal Welfare Act – United States Department of Agriculture
Assistance Animals – Fair Housing Act – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Patient Rights Advocacy Groups
Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Disability Rights Connecticut Advisory Council: The PAIMI Council comprises of people with mental illness, their family members and others who have experience advocating for or serving people with mental illness.
Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. (“DRCT”), a new independent, nonprofit organization established to be the successor entity to Connecticut’s Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities which was abolished by Connecticut law as of June 30, 2017. We are a statewide organization largely funded by federal entities and authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Rehabilitation Act and Social Security Act. DRCT opened its doors on July 1, 2017 and is hoping to hear from you!
Location: Hartford, CT
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI): An official website of the United States government. PAIMI is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).